1,291 Candidates Listed Officially in Elections to Israel Parliament

A total of 1,291 candidates are bidding for the 120 seats in Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in the November 3 national elections, according to lists published today in the Official Gazette.

The Gazette reported also that 112 of the out going Knesset members are running for re-election with 92 of them assured of winning again. Eighty-four of the candidates are women.

A breakdown by professions showed that 300 of the candidates are clerks, 230 are farmers, 68 are merchants, 120 are teachers, 64 are newspapermen, 79 are attorneys, 43 are professional politicians and 24 are housewives; 380 candidates are under 40 years of age and 40 candidates are 70 and over.

David Ben-Haroush, the self-styled leader of the North African settlers in Israel, was released from prison yesterday for 24 hours to speak on behalf of his Knesset candidacy over Kol Israel, the Israel radio.

Ben-Haroush, who was sentenced to a two-year prison term for participation in the Haifa July rioting, heads a North African immigrants list in the forthcoming election and was therefore allotted time with other party leaders to explain his platform on the radio.

Supreme Court Justice Yoel Sussmann who heads the Central Elections Commission, may be unable to vote in the elections next month to the Knesset, Israel parliament. When he found himself listed in the voters register as “Sissman,” he requested that the misspelling be corrected. He is now listed as “Suissmann,” which may disqualify him from casting his ballot.

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