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Sharon Seeks Dissolution of Parliament

In a bold political gamble, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday asked Israel’s president to dissolve parliament, pushing for a March election after deciding to leave his hardline Likud Party and to form a new centrist political movement. Sharon’s decision to leave Likud, the party he helped establish in 1973, redraws Israel’s political map, formalizing his transformation from hardliner to moderate. It also increases the chances of progress in peacemaking with the Palestinians. Full Story

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