Coalition talks begin

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 | 
Kadima is setting up a negotiating team to form the government’s ruling coalition. Appointed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is attempting to set up a coalition by Passover, which begins the evening of April 12. Parties expected to participate in a coalition are Labor, Shas, the Pensioner’s Party and the National Religious Party/National Union Party. Olmert’s key goal as prime minister is to implement Jewish withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and set Israel’s final borders by 2010. While the coalition will disappoint other Kadima members promised several ministerial positions, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was tentatively granted the position of deputy prime minister and her choice of ministry. Shimon Peres will be appointed to oversee the development of the Negev and Galilee. Olmert visited the Wailing Wall in the early hours of Wednesday to give thanks for winning the elections (see photo).

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