Israel’s governing Kadima Party is to hold a leadership election in the autumn which could see Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ousted.
Several Kadima officials, including Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, are campaigning to replace him.
The poll on September 17, has been prompted by a corruption inquiry that could force Olmert from office. He has denied any wrongdoing. Olmert has agreed to hold the ballot in a bid to keep his coalition together.
Olmert has not yet said whether he will stand, but one candidate who is almost certain to is Tzipi Livni. The 49-year-old Foreign Minister, who yesterday acknowledged that she was a Mossad agent for four years, has told reporters she wants the job.
Several other senior officials are also expected to run.
Israel's Kadima Party announces leadership vote