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Israeli Coalition Crisis May Force Early Election

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s shaky coalition Tuesday faced collapse in a row over the 2005 budget, raising the prospect of early elections that would endanger his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. His largest partner, the secular Shinui party, ignited the crisis by saying it would oppose the 2005 budget at its first reading in parliament Wednesday. Sharon’s aides said he would dismiss Shinui if it defied him in the vote. Without Shinui, Sharon would have to bring in the center-left Labor Party — an option opposed by rebels in his right-wing Likud party — or face a snap election.Full Story

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