Yishai officially leaves Shas

Eli Yishai announced tonight that he is leaving Shas and creating a new party. Under the banner of “the nation is with us”, the still unnamed party would follow in the path of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, he promised.

Shas party chairman Aryeh Deri expressed regret, saying, “It pains us that Eli Yishai has chosen to leave Shas and the path of Maran”, (“our teacher”), a reference to the late Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef.

Source (Hebrew): http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/659/145.html