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European Jewish Congress to hold snap election almost a year early

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 Elections for the President of the European Jewish Congress have been moved up by the better part of a year, with President Moshe Kantor set to stand for reelection in late January rather than late 2016 as originally planned.

The snap elections, which will take place during the continental organization’s recently rescheduled General Assembly in Brussels on the twenty sixth, were not publicized on the organization’s website nor announced to the press.

Several communal leaders from Europe, speaking on condition of anonymity, were quoted by Russian language Israeli news website IzRus as saying that they believed that the elections were moved up in order to preempt World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder from backing a candidate to oppose Kantor.

According to Michael Jankelowitz, a former spokesman to the international media at the Jewish Agency for Israel and a regular commentator on trends in European Jewry, sources in Europe have indicated that “Kantor\’s big fear is that Lauder will be able to find an attractive candidate that will tip the scale and take Kantor\’s position away from him.”

Speaking with the Post on Wednesday, Jankelowitz said that he believes that such “conduct poses a threat to the legitimacy of the entire elections process, which could generate legal problems later on.”

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