Israeli Labor party elects new leader as it faces 'possible extinction' in upcoming elections

Merav Michaeli was elected as the leader of Israel’s dwindling Labor party on Sunday, as the country gears up for its nationwide election – the fourth time Israelis go to polls the in two years. Though Israel’s labour party dominated the country’s politics for its first 25 years of existence, it suffered a humiliating defeat in March elections, winning only three seats. Observers say that the party faces possible extinction in the upcoming elections. Michaeli won her party’s leadership contest by a landslide, seeing off Businessman Avi Shaked –a close associate of former party chairman Amir Pe…

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