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Breaking :: Sharon Wins Likud Vote!!! - Israelis at Gaza Border - Hamas Voice | By Oui @BooMan - 25 Sept. 2005 |

TEL AVIV (Reuters) -- Likud's Central Committee convened in Tel Aviv before a vote on a motion by Sharon's rightist challenger, Benjamin Netanyahu, to bring the party's primary forward to November.

In what could be a defining moment in Israeli politics, Sharon stormed out of the meeting after his microphone was cut off as he twice attempted to begin a speech to the rowdy forum. Aides accused his opponents of sabotaging the sound system.

Sharon's critics, led by Netanyahu, have said the Gaza pullout after five years of Palestinian violence will only bring more cross-border attacks on Israel from militants dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state.

Sharon, who wants the party primary held closer to national parliamentary elections due by late next year, has said "radical extremists" have taken control of the Likud, which he helped to found three decades ago.

He has declined to say whether he would remain in the party if the 3,000-member Central Committee vote goes against him, raising speculation he may bolt and form a new centrist alliance that would tap into mainstream support for the Gaza pullout.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 29th, 2024 at 12:34:24 PM EST
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