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Yitzhak Ben Aharon, Veteran Labor Leader, Named New Histadrut Head

Yitzhak Ben Aharon, a veteran labor leader of the Achdut Avodah faction of the Labor Party, was elected secretary general of Histadrut today by a 103-24 vote, succeeding Ahraon Becker. Mr. Ben Aharon is considered to be the man responsible for initiating the merger of Achdut Avodah, Rafi and Mapai to form Israel’s united Labor Party.

He had the support of the Labor Alignment, the Independent Liberals, the Moshe Sneh faction of the Communist Party and the Religious Workers Party. He was opposed by Gahal (Heart-Liberal alignment) and the Hallam Hazel faction. The Ben Gurion list and the Moscow-oriented wing of the Communist Party abstained. Mr. Ben Aharon pledged that he would fight for the rightful demands of the working man and considered himself the representative of all workers.