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    INTRODUCTION: Delegates of the ruling Labour Party in Israel met in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (23 February) to choose a new leader --- against a background of financial scandal, national economic difficulties, an imminent general election, and the proposed reconvention of Arab-Israeli peace talks.

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    INTRODUCTION: Delegates of the ruling Labour Party in Israel met in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (23 February) to choose a new leader --- against a background of financial scandal, national economic difficulties, an imminent general election, and the proposed reconvention of Arab-Israeli peace talks.

    About 3,000 delegates were at the meeting to decide the leadership. One of the two candidates was Mr Shimon Peres, the Defence Minister. He was standing against the current leader, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

    Mr Peres had also stood against Mr Rabin at the last Labour Party convention four years ago, and lost the leadership election by only 40 votes. Supporters of Mr. Rabin said they did not think his chances would be affected by the sentencing the day before of Mr Asher Yadlin to five years on bribery and tax evasion charges. Mr Yadlin was a former key party figure who had been named to head the Bank of Israel.

    Mr Peres, however, did not find much support amongst many of the party functionaries. When the result of the vote was announced, it was almost a repeat of the convention four years ago. Mr. Rabin retained his post by only 41 votes. The earlier election came after the resignation of Prime Minister Mrs Golda Meir, a strong supporter of Mr Rabin. Mr Peres was one of the first to congratulate Mr Rabin on his victory. The Prime Minister later spoke to newsmen about his win, and Labour's prospects in the general elections in May.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3W1FU8LHB89O06YIW7GHDB9BE
    Media URN:
    VLVA3W1FU8LHB89O06YIW7GHDB9BE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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