Knesset Votes May Topple Gov't.

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Likud Member of Knesset (MK) Silvan Shalom's bill to dissolve the present parliament has garnered enough votes to pass its preliminary reading on June 18.

Seventy-four MKs hailing from right, left and center have expressed their support for toppling the government and paving the way for early elections.

Five MKs from the ultra-leftwing Meretz party, who said last week they preferred the formation of an alternate government rather than early elections, now say they'll support Shalom's bill.

MKs from Likud, Labor, Shas, Yisrael Beiteinu, United Torah Judaism, and the National Union/Nation Religious Party say they will vote to dissolve the Knesset.

"The Olmert government has reached the end of its path," Shalom told members of his own Likud party. "There should be a short and respectful process leading to elections in November," he said.

"Olmert should act courageously and end his government in a proper and not a shameful way," he said.

"Elections are necessary for the good of the country," Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said. "The burning issues facing the country cannot be held hostage by the foreign interests of our current leaders," he said.

MK Ruhama Avraham, a Kadima minister without portfolio, was chided for her remarks at a recent Kadima rally in the north.

"What happened?" Avraham asked Kadima supporters at the rally. "It's true that this isn't the first investigation [against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert] and not the second investigation and not the third investigation and not the fourth investigation and I don't know if it's the last investigation. Buy why? Who does it really bother," Avraham asked participants at the rally.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Olmert gave MK Tzahi Hanegbi, head of Kadima's steering committee, the necessary approval for the party to hold its first primaries.

"The prime minister instructed us to act quickly to set primaries in Kadima," Hanegbi said. "The process has started running," he said.

Now that Olmert has authorized the primaries, Hanegbi will meet with party members next week to advance the process. 

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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