TEL AVIV (May. 25)
Likud Knesset Member Ronni Milo, the former police minister, has announced he is running for mayor of Tel Aviv as an independent candidate.
The only other contender to announce his candidacy is the Labor Party’s Avigdor Kahalani, a hawkish Knesset member and national war hero.
Milo, a Tel Aviv resident, stressed he would not be running as a candidate of the Likud party, which denounced his announcement.
Milo claimed that Likud party chairman Benjamin Netanyahu supported his candidacy, but local party officials denied it.
The incumbent mayor, Shlomo Lahat, is a Likudnik, but he has announced his intention to retire from political life.
Milo told a news conference that public figures from all sides of the political spectrum would appear on his list as candidates for spots on the City Council.
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