Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak Wins Israeli Labor Party Primary Election, But Faces Runoff

29 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak Wins Israeli Labor Party Primary Election, But Faces Runoff</h1><p>May 29, 2007 (LPAC)--Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak won the first round of the Labor Party primaries yesterday, but now faces a runoff in a second round against former Shin Bet ("FBI") head Ami Ayalon, <em>Ha'aretz</em> and Israeli television report today. Barak received 35.6 percent and Ayalon 30.6 percent. Although current party Chairman Amir Peretz trailed with only 22.4 percent, representing only his hardcore supporters, he could very well be the king-maker if he throws his support behind Barak or Ayalon in the second round, to be held in two weeks.</p><p>Ayalon, who led a joint Palestinian-Israel peace initiative before joining the Labor Party, has been endorse by well-known peace advocates such as <em>Ha'aretz</em> commentator Akiva Eldar.</p></div></body>