Tzipi Livni’s election headquarters was licking its wounds on Wednesday, following the defeat the outgoing Kadima chairperson suffered at the hands of rival Shaul Mofaz in the party’s primary the day before: Livni received 14, 516 votes, compared to Mofaz’s 23,987.
An official at the party’s leadership pinned the landslide result on voting patterns among Israeli Arabs, where Mofaz enjoys a massive margin.
In many of the towns and villages, the number of registered Kadima members far outnumberd the overall votes the party received in the last general election.
The big question at this point is: What will Livni do next? The incumbent Kadima leader didn’t indicate her future plans following Tuesday’s loss, saying only she intended to rest.
Alongside speculation that she will retire, others estimate that she has yet to make up her mind, and that, as of now, she’s mainly interested in taking some time off. She has not been available for official comment since her loss was announced.
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