JERUSALEM, Israel -- Opposition leader and Likud Party Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the Kadima Party's new leader, Tzipi Livni, to set a date for elections in Israel.
Livni is trying to avoid elections and form a new governing coalition to succeed the coalition of outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is expected to submit his resignation in early October. The current Knesset [Parliament] term runs until November 2010, but polls show public support for breaking up the Knesset and electing a new one.
Netanyahu called Livni Thursday and told her that holding elections is "the most decent and democratic thing to do."
Netanyahu said, "We need to let the people of Israel decide who should be the country's next prime minister and not to leave this decision exclusively to members of Kadima."
Polls conducted in the past two years have consistently shown Netanyahu is the favorite to head the next government.
Source: The Jerusalem Post