Prime Minister Sharon said yesterday that he has no intention of leaving the Likud and will do everything in his power to thwart efforts calling for early primaries in November. “I founded the Likud and I intend to run with the Likud,” he said, dispelling rumors that he would leave the party if his chief rival, Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu beat him in the primaries. In a meeting yesterday with his close political allies, coalition chairman Gideon Sa’ar said he believes Sharon will win the primaries if the public understands that he’s not leaving the Likud. The Prime Minister and his supporters have begun meeting with party leaders to convince them to attend the meeting, support Sharon and defeat the vote for early primaries.
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