Israel's Arab lawmakers unite for first time, hoping to boost voter turnout, unseat premier

January 27, 2015 5:30 AM

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Israel's Arab lawmakers unite for first time, hoping to boost voter turnout, unseat premier

Masoud Ganaim, 49, from the Islamic Movement and number two in the unified Arab list, speaks to the media in his office in the Arab city of Sakhnin, about 23 kilometers (14 miles) east of Acre, Israel, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Coping with new election laws that make it harder for smaller parties to enter Israel's parliament, the country’s Arab political parties for the first time are banding together under one ticket to boost their chances in upcoming national elections. Arab politicians say it will improve chronically low Arab voter turnout and help block Netanyahu from forming the next government. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty) (The Associated Press)

Ayman Odeh, 40, a first-time parliamentary candidate and the leader of the combined Arab list, from the communist Hadash party, poses in his house in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Haifa, Israel, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Coping with new election laws that make it harder for smaller parties to enter Isr...

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