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Labor party votes against joining Netanyahu's gov't


08:16, January 29, 2013

JERUSALEM, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Israel's center-left Labor party voted on Monday against joining incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's future government.

A majority of the party voted against joining Netanyahu's coalition and sided with staying in the opposition.

"Most of the party's members backed the clear, solid decision not to join Netanyahu's next government," Labor's chief Shelly Yachimovich told reporters following the meeting.

"We will fight every day, every hour against the extreme capitalist ideology of Netanyahu and his partners. Israeli opposition was useless for many years. We will show the public what it means to be an opposition," she added.

The Labor party got just 15 seats out of a total of 120 seats in last week's elections and became the third largest party, a disappointing outcome for the party, who hoped for 20 seats or more in the next government.

A member of the Labor's campaign told Xinhua following the results of the elections that the one of the party's biggest mistakes was disregarding the Palestinian issue.

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