Israel's Kadima to beat Likud in early general elections 2008-10-27 18:27:27   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Relations    

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Had Israel's Knesset (parliament) elections taken place today, Israel's ruling Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni would have led her party to victory over opposition Likud, showed a new survey published on Monday.

    According to the survey conducted by the Dahaf Institute, Kadima will win with 29 Knesset seats, the same number of mandates it currently has, local daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

    The race, however, is very close, as Likud headed by its chairman Benjamin Netanyahu follows with 26 Knesset seats, compared to only 12 seats in the previous elections.

    The Labor party headed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak plummets to only 11 Knesset seats, compared to the 19 it has now.

    The survey was held Sunday among 500 people who constitute a representative sample of Israel's adult population. The poll has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.

    Even before Livni was elected in September to lead Kadima, polls showed that she was the only candidate in her party capable of beating Netanyahu.

    Israel's political parties have already begun to prepare for a possible nationwide election, after Livni informed President Shimon Peres on Sunday that she had been unsuccessful in forming anew coalition government.

    "If everyone agrees that elections are in order, then we must do it quickly," said Livni, urging Peres to take action to set a date for early general elections.

    "The nation will choose its leaders," said the Kadima chairwoman, adding that she was certain of her victory in a general vote.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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