Israel's Livni announces election bid

Livni, voted out as the head of the main opposition Kadima party in an internal ballot in March, told a news conference she had formed a new party, "Hat'nua" (The Movement).

Israel's Livni announces election bid

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced her candidacy on Tuesday in a January general election, pledging to "fight for peace" with the Palestinians as a centrist alternative to Israel's right-wing leadership.

During her term with Olmert, Israel killed up to 1500 Palestinians in 2006 Gaza offensive.

Livni, voted out as the head of the main opposition Kadima party in an internal ballot in March, told a news conference she had formed a new party, "Hat'nua" (The Movement).

Opinion polls predict Livni will win seven to nine of parliament's 120-seats, grabbing votes from left-of-centre factions and not generating enough support to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing bloc.

Livni, a 54-year-old corporate lawyer, was once touted as Israel's next Golda Meir -- the only woman who ever served as prime minister. As foreign minister from 2006 to 2009, during Ehud Olmert's premiership, she was appointed to the high-profile task of heading peace talks with the Palestinians.

But the negotiations failed, Olmert was forced to step down in a corruption scandal, and while Kadima won more votes than Likud in the ensuing 2009 parliamentary election, Netanyahu outmanoeuvred Livni to form a broad coalition government.

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