Gay­damak launches may­oral bid

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News -

RUS­SIAN-BORN BIL­LION­AIRE Arkady Gay­damak of­fi­cially en­tered the race to be­come Jerusalem mayor on Mon­day.

On the same day in Paris, Mr Gay­damak went on trial in ab­sen­tia as one of 42 peo­ple charged with il­le­gal arms traf­fick­ing to An­gola be­tween 1993 and 2000. Mr Gay­damak’s lawyers in­sist that their client is in­no­cent.

The high-pro­file trial is un­likely to dam­age Mr Gay­damak’s im­age in the Jerusalem mu­nic­i­pal cam­paign. How­ever, he will be hurt by the col­lapse of his Is­raeli busi­ness em­pire last month and the poor start to the sea­son by his club Be­tar Jerusalem.

Yi­gal Amedi, num­ber two on Mr Gay­damak’s So­cial Jus­tice party list, dis­missed a re­cent poll which gave Gay­damak eight per cent of the vote for mayor, be­hind fron­trun­ner Nir Barkat and Charedi can­di­date Meir Porush.

“We have con­ducted polls which show Arkady winning 25 per cent,” he said, “even be­fore we have started our cam­paign. We can go on to victory.”

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