Livni to Barak: 'Full Partnership' in Gov't.

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - In a late meeting Sunday evening, newly elected head of the Kadima party, Tzipi Livni and Labor chairman Ehud Barak agreed to work together to form a new government.

According to Jerusalem Post correspondent Gil Hoffman, Barak received "full partnership" in the government with Livni's promise that the two would coordinate the date for new elections.

Barak's position vis-à-vis Livni improved with the departure of Shaul Mofaz, a former Israel Defense Force (IDF) chief of general staff and defense minister in the Sharon government, making Livni more dependent on him for security-related matters.

Meanwhile, representatives from Yisrael Beiteinu and the National Union/National Religious parties were the first to meet with President Shimon Peres as he began consultations with the various parties following the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

"After consulting our faction members, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, we decided that the right thing to do would be to call for early elections," MK (member of Knesset) Robert Ilatov, Yisrael Beiteinu faction chairman told Peres.

"We don't see any people in the current coalition who are capable of forming a new and stable coalition," he said. "Any attempt to do so would be an attempt to escape the voter's decision. It's important to go to the people now," he said.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news

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