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Israel's Labour quits coalition

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posted on Nov, 20 2005 @ 01:49 PM
Israel's Labor Party voted on Sunday evening to leave PM Ariel Sharon's ruling coalition, paving the way for an early national election. The central committee decided to hold the primaries for the party's Knesset list on January 17, 2006, the long-anticipated vote will be on March 28, 2006
Peretz emphasized domestic economic issues Sunday in his first campaign speech, as elections were to be brought up to March.

(Labor Chairman Amir Peretz)

Peretz, a fiery union leader, charged that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government had deepened poverty and "humiliated" the poor and immigrants.

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Israelis will go to the polls to choose a new government within four months.

There are rumors, PM Sharon intends to break away from Likud and form a new centrist party. According to the Political Parties Law, passed by the Knesset in 1992, a minimum of 100 citizens are required to form a new party. Sources close to ( defense minister) Mofaz said he would not join a new Sharon-led party, he has been strengthening his position within the Likud for the past two years in order to challenge the incumbent chair.

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posted on Nov, 20 2005 @ 06:07 PM
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will today say he is quitting the ruling Likud party to form his own faction to contest elections next year.

Although he has about three months to organize a new party, a poll last week showed Sharon is the front runner or tie for first place. (Finance Minister) Ehud Olmert, who backed Sharon's Gaza evacuation, will join Sharon's new party. (more)

posted on Nov, 20 2005 @ 07:38 PM
You keep up with all that stuff, so tell me will this move result in a stronger or a weaker government?

posted on Nov, 20 2005 @ 08:44 PM
good question. If we only knew...

It is a political earthquake - everyone whispers with one another in open circles and closed circles.

On the left side of the political spectrum, Meretz-Yahad Chairman Yossi Beilin saw the new political constellation as a victory for those who want to divide the land -Sharons decision to leave the party testifies to a significant about-face in his ideology, which is likely to include favoring the evacuation of the isolated settlements in the WestBank.
It is said Sharon is planning to form a coaltion with Labor, Shinui, and even Meretz-Yahad and parliamentary support from Arab factions in the next Knesset.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, Education Minister Limor Livnat and Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz announced that they would join former prime minister Bibi Netanyahu.

posted on Nov, 22 2005 @ 01:31 AM
Such a political coallition would certainly be greeted as good news by the Palestinians, expecially if it might result in portions of the West Bank being abandoned by the Israelis. However, considering the opposition Sharon had in vacating the Gaza strip, I'm not at all certain of such a coallitions election prospects relative to prospective harder line coallitions.

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