Livni Forms 'Shadow Cabinet'

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Kadima party chairwoman and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced the formation of a "shadow cabinet" to more actively oppose the work of the Netanyahu government.

"We will watch over the ministers in the current government and provide an active alternative to everything they do," a Kadima official said.

The plan appoints former ministers to shadow the work of the ministries they headed in order to put the party's full force behind "monitoring the actions of the government and will constitute an active alternative to it."

In addition to overseeing the shadow cabinet, Livni will monitor Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, while MK (member of Knesset) Shaul Mofaz will shadow Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Mofaz served as defense minister in the Sharon government and as transportation minister in Ehud Olmert's government.

MK Avi Dichter will shadow current Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch, while MK Roni Bar-On will shadow Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

During his tenure as prime minister, Olmert appointed Bar-On to replace Avraham Hirschon as finance minister after Hirschon resigned to face charges of aggravated fraud, theft and money laundering during his tenure as chairman of the National Workers Labor Federation.

Besides shadowing current ministry heads, the Kadima party established committees to present alternatives to government policy.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, israel national news

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