MK Zahava Gal-On received 506 votes of the 950 eligable Meretz central committee members and became the third current female leader of a Knesset party, behind Kadima’s Tzippi Livni and Labor’s Shelly Yachimovich. MK Ilan Gilon finished second with 306 votes, and party activist Uri Ophir came in third with 23 votes. 115 central committee members didn’t vote.

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