Amir Peretz Elected Head of «Israeli» Labor Party
By Staff, Agencies
“Israeli” Labor Party members on Tuesday elected veteran lawmaker Amir Peretz as their new leader as the political faction looks to revitalize itself ahead of the September national election.
Peretz faced off against the younger generation of the party’s youngest members of “Israeli” Knesset, Itzik Shmuli and Stav Shaffir, emerging victorious in the political faction looking to revitalize itself ahead of elections.
Shaffir congratulated her rival on his win, vowing that now the real battle can begin: "From tomorrow morning we are returning to the true struggle against the right and replacing Netanyahu's corrupt reign."
As polls closed shortly after 10pm, the voter turnout rate stood at 45.6% despite a last minute push to keep the polls open longer amid huge protests against police brutality that led to mass traffic jams in the country.
At one point the “Israeli” entity’s most powerful political force, “Israel’s” Labor Party has recently been devastated by internal division, poor voter turnout and a rightward shift among “Israeli” voters.
In April, the party saw its worst performance in electoral history, dropping from 24 Knesset seats under the banner of the Zionist Union to six mandates, gaining just 4% of the national vote.
The dismal showing immediately lead to a backlash against Labor leader Avi Gabbay, who last month announced his resignation as the party’s chairman.
Both Shmuli and Shaffir entered the Knesset in 2013 after leading a social protest movement across the country, and have campaigned on their youth in an appeal to voters looking to turn the party in a new direction.
Peretz, who lead Labor from 2005 to 2007, has painted himself as an experienced politician who possess the clout needed to return the party to national prominence.