Olmert Faces Tough Task in Forming Govt.
After declaring victory in Israel’s elections, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima Party said Wednesday it would quickly form a broad ruling coalition that will carry out its plan to pull out of much of the West Bank and draw Israel’s borders by 2010. Party officials said that despite a weaker-than-expected performance in Tuesday’s election, Kadima has widespread support in parliament. Kadima won only 28 seats in the election, less than the 35 it had hoped for, but still making it the largest party in the 120-member parliament. Like every other ruling party in Israeli history, it will have to form a coalition government with other parties. Full Story