MK Ram Ben-Barak of Yesh Atid said today in the Knesset plenum that he supports the refusal of reservists to report to the IDF because of the promotion of the legal reform. March 22, 2023/Knesset Channel
MK Ram Ben-Barak, who announced that he will run in the primaries for the leadership of the Yesh Atid party against Chairman Yair Lapid this December, was interviewed Tuesday morning by Anat Davidov and Udi Segal on 103FM and shared his feelings ahead of the primaries.
"I think the odds are good, everyone knows how to start, nobody knows how to finish."
"I haven't sent any letter of request yet because only yesterday we received the list," he said, adding: "What I'm saying to my friend Yesh Atid is that there are some things between Lapid and me that we don't see eye to eye. For example, I am sure that the party should be much more democratic. Until now it was certainly not democratic, today we are taking the first step to democracy, there are primaries for the position of chairman."
Will run against Lapid. MK Ben Barak/Flash 90, Jonathan Zindel
The interview with Ben-Barak comes a day after the Yesh Atid party officially announced the first elections for the party's leadership - 11 years after it was founded by MK Yair Lapid. According to the party's announcement, the Yesh Atid conference will be held this December, at the center of which primaries will be held for the party's leadership. Only those who are defined as members of the conference and who meet the criteria in the party's bylaws will be able to participate and run in the elections.
The criteria required to submit candidacy according to the bylaws - Party members for at least three consecutive years, who have not been convicted of an offense involving disgrace and have not been tried for an offense involving disgrace. So far, only MK Ram Ben-Barak has announced that he intends to run against Lapid, Yesh Atid's founder and chairman for the past 12 years.
The Yesh Atid conference has about 750 members, including activists, MKs, and heads of the party's field staff. This will be the second conference of the Yesh Atid party after on January 4, 2022, the party held its first conference after a decade from its establishment, but no vote was held at the first conference because apart from party chairman Lapid, no other candidates were submitted.
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After the party's official announcement, Ben-Barak informed the party's election committee of his intention to apply for the position: "I welcome the decision of party chairman MK Yair Lapid to hold elections for the position of party chairman. According to the election regulations, 75 signatures must be obtained from the members of the conference, and I intend to do so."
Last week, party chairman Yair Lapid was asked in an interview with Tal Shalev and Nissim Mashaal on 103FM about the party's elections, and replied: "There will be primaries in Yesh Atid, probably as early as this year for the position of chairman. I think that my job should be primaries, not for Knesset members, and if you want to know why I suggest that you go over the Likud MKs. There will be primaries for the position of Yesh Atid chairman."
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