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Yadin Accused of Being Power Hungry

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The Democratic Movement for Change (DMC) is in turmoil again. This time it is over the issue of internal democracy. Several groups within the DMC feel that the pervasive role played by Prof. Yigael Yadin is less than democratic. He is the chairman of the movement, chairman of the Knesset faction, head of the secretariat and head of a team negotiating with Likud. One DMC leader said Yadin should decide which title he wants and let others play roles as well.

Yadin’s critics and opponents are generally those who are opposed to joining the Likud-led government coalition. The DMC is divided on this issue, with a slight majority in favor of joining the coalition. Nevertheless, the fear of a confrontation between the factions within the DMC has resulted in a postponement of the DMC Council meeting which had been scheduled for today. Those who advocated the postponement claimed that Yadin should be given the opportunity to end his talks with Premier Menachem Begin either by telling him that the DMC will or will not join. The Council has to approve either decision in advance.

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