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Lieberman backs Netanyahu for prime minister

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 19 febbraio, 2009


19 February 2009

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman announced Thursday that his party would back Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s next prime minister.

But Lieberman conditioned his support for Netanyahu on the Likud leader forging a broad coalition.

The controversial far-rightist made the announcement shortly before meeting with President Shimon Peres to discuss whom Yisrael Beiteinu would recommend be charged with the task of setting up a coalition.

Left-wing parties Labor and Meretz earlier said Thursday morning that they would not recommend any candidate for the task.

“The situation is already complicated and disturbing, with Yisrael Beiteinu recommending Israel’s next prime minister. Our only option is to refrain from recommending anyone,” said Labor chairman Ehud Barak.

After last week’s inconclusive election, Netanyahu and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni are still vying to serve as Israel’s next prime minister.

“The picture is clear, and we are going to the opposition. In this reality, in my opinion, there is just one possibility, not to recommend any of the candidates for prime minister,” added Barak, whose party garnered only 13 seats in the election. He made the comments in a faction meeting.

Meretz official Ilan Gilon informed Peres of the party’s decision during a meeting with him on Thursday morning.

The president began consultations on Wednesday with Knesset factions’ representatives, and is expected to decide over the weekend whether to charge Netanyahu or Livni with the task of setting up a coalition.

Peres intends to complete his consultations with all the faction representatives by Thursday night.




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