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November 19, 2002

Israel's Labor Party to choose leader

Some party position, like them or not, given in this piece
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Haifa mayor Amran Mitzna is favored to lead the Labor Party into Israel's January parliamentary election, according to a poll released the day before the vote.

Mitzna and Knesset member Haim Ramon are challenging former defense minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer.

But a poll published Monday in Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, showed 52 percent of Labor Party voters said they planned to vote for Mitzna compared to 29 percent for Ben-Eliezer and 11 percent for Knesset member Haim Ramon. The winner must get 40 percent of the vote.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will face off with Israeli Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later this month in Likud party primaries for that party's nomination for prime minister. The latest polls show Sharon continues to lead Netanyahu in that contest.