Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert convened his first cabinet meeting today while Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remained hospitalized, to assuage concerns that matters of state are under control. Meanwhile Sharon's associates spoke to former Labor leader and elder statesman Shimon Peres and emerged confident that he will remain in Sharon's Kadima Party. “We said we would do everything possible to ensure that Sharon's legacy will continue,” Sharon strategist Lior Chorev said. “Kadima is not just a party formulated by Sharon. It was born because there is a need for a centrist party. There is a Sharon legacy, and we have to do what Sharon would have wanted.” Polls papers found that Peres would bring Kadima the most mandates and that the public wants to see him head the party. Peres is the only Kadima candidate who has not formally endorsed Olmert as Sharon's successor at the helm of Kadima
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