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Labor to pick new leader as frontrunner Michaeli looks to renew struggling party

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Labor members go to the polls on Sunday to task a new leader with saving the center-left party, which governed Israel for its first three decades of statehood, from total oblivion in March’s election.

Labor has seen its fortunes tumble in recent years, hit by a rightward shift among Israeli voters, turmoil in the party, and the emergence of new political players that have eroded its base. After entering the government after the previous election, the party lost virtually all of its support and no recent opinion poll has predicted it will enter the next Knesset.

Seven candidates are nonetheless seeking to lead to party back to relevance by becoming its third leader in four years. Economy Minister Amir Peretz, the Knesset’s longest-serving member, announced he would step aside as Labor leader and earlier this month said he won’t run in the upcoming elections.

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With party No. 2, Welfare Minister Itzik Shmuli. announcing last week that he would not be running in the primary and that he had decided to leave the party altogether, Labor’s only only other........

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