Former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Meir Shamgar refuseed to rule out the possibility of contesting against another candidate in the Knesset's election for the soon-to-be-vacant post of the president, reported the Israeli daily Haaretz Thursday.
Shamgar indicated that his availability is conditioned upon his garnering the support of more than three small parties.
Leaders of three Knesset parties visited Shamgar Wednesday to ask him to consider tossing his hat in the ring to be a contender in the presidential election, to take place in the Knesset at the end of next month, said the daily. Prior to the meeting, Shamgar declined a presidential bid unless across-the-board support from both Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon, representing One Israel and Likud, was assured, said the daily.
A few weeks ago, Sharon tried to muster Barak's support for the idea of Shamgar being tapped as the next president.
Barak responded to Sharon's inquiry by saying that he didn't want to "show contempt" for the Labor party's leadership, which was expected to select Shimon Peres as its candidate for president. The party's leadership subsequently did so, according to the Jerusalem Post - Albawaba.com
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