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Labor Wins Student Election

The Labor Party scored a landslide victory this week – in student union elections at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The victory ended an eight-year run in which the Likud-affiliated party headed the student organization.

Labor-affiliated Ofek won 45 seats, while Meretz won 13, for a total of 58 places in the 88-member student senate. Meretz was Labor’s coalition partner in the outgoing Israeli government.

The Likud-affiliated Gilad Aviv won 14 seats. The remaining 16 seats were taken by left-wing independents.

Campus activists attributed the turnaround to a protest vote over Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory last week in the national elections for prime minister.

Prime Minister Shimon Peres’ office invited the winners to meet with Peres so he could personally convey his congratulations.

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