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Israel's Labor Party picks veteran lawmaker as new chairman, will become head of opposition

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2006 file photograph, Israeli  Isaac Herzog, a former cabinet minister, gestures after the primary results were announced during a convention in the community of Beit Berl in central Israel. Veteran lawmaker Herzog has unseated the incumbent Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, and will become Israel’s new opposition leader. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2006 file photograph, Israeli Isaac Herzog, a former cabinet minister, gestures after the primary results were announced during a convention in the community of Beit Berl in central Israel. Veteran lawmaker Herzog has unseated the incumbent Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, and will become Israel’s new opposition leader. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)  (The Associated Press)

Israel's main opposition party has chosen a veteran lawmaker as its new leader, replacing an incumbent elected just two years ago.

Results of the Labor Party's primary published Friday show that Isaac Herzog has unseated Shelly Yachimovich.

Yachimovich led Labor since 2011 and was credited with revitalizing the party by veering it away from its traditional dovish platform of promoting peace and focusing entirely on jobs and the economy.

But the policy also earned her critics who claimed it turned the once-storied movement into a niche party.

In national elections this year Yachimovich led the party to a disappointing third-place finish with only 15 seats out of 120 in parliament.

The 53-year-old Herzog is a former Cabinet minister and high-profile lawyer, and the son of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog.