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Labor Party Chief Calls It Quits

The Labor Party was thrown into consternation Thursday by the surprise resignation of its secretary general, Uzi Baram, at the start of an election year.

Baram, a member of Knesset, said he was leaving his party post for “personal reasons” without first consulting Labor Party chairman Shimon Peres, the foreign minister. Baram explained that he did not want “to provoke pressures on me to relent.”

Baram, an outspoken dove, is known to be at odds with Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin over policy matters. He insisted that was not what prompted him to quit. Party insiders spoke of bitter tension over the creation of a campaign staff for the elections in November.

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