Internal party elections for Shinui, Moledet and the National Religious Party (NRP) will be held on Thursday. More than 18 candidates will vie for the 18 slots available on the Shinui party list. The 170-member Shinui council in Tel Aviv will decide the rank of the candidates. Shinui founder, Yosef ‘Tommy’ Lapid is confident that he will retain the top seat, while Ron Leventhal and Avraham Poraz compete for the number two slot. Shinui currently holds 15 Knesset seats, yet surveys reveal that Kadima is presumed to have gained former Shinui voters. NRP’s top slots are expected to be Shaul Yahalom, Nissan Slomiansky, and Gila Finkelstein, with the number one slot reserved for Zevulum Orlev, NRP chairman. While, NRP will gain only three mandates, the battle for the number three slot is a matter of political life and death. Of the 49-member Moledet, only the top two slots will serve in the Knesset. Primaries will be held at Moledet’s main branch in East Jerusalem.
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