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Shaul Mofaz says he will take a break from politics after narrowly losing in the Kadima primaries.

Mofaz, the current transportation minister, told supporters Thursday that he had decided not to appeal the outcome of Wednesday’s vote and will leave politics for now. He lost to Tzipi Livni by about 1 percentage point to succeed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as head of the party.

“I will not request an office or a position in the next government or the Knesset,” Mofaz said. “I will remain a member of Kadima and do everything in my power for its sake.”

Mofaz cancelled a scheduled Friday meeting with Livni.

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