Likud MK Petitions High Court to Limit Olmert

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Likud MK and former Education Minister Limor Livnat petitioned the High Court to prevent outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert from engaging in further negotiations with Syria or the Palestinian Authority.

The petition came on the heels of a ruling by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz permitting Olmert to hold a fifth round of third-party talks with Syria.

While Mazuz said Olmert, as interim head of a transitional government, does not have the authority to close a deal with Syria, he rejected Likud's request to order Olmert to cease and desist.

Livni said Olmert's dealings could adversely affect the nation's security.

"We are dealing with processes whose implications could significantly affect the country for many years to come," the petition stated. "Such negotiations must not be conducted by a resigning prime minister," Livnat wrote.

In the petition, Livnat stated that Olmert's attempts to use his remaining months in office to leave his stamp on history could adversely affect the next government's negotiating power with the PA and/or Syria.

Source: YNet news

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