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Israel’s Olmert Has Majority Government

After three weeks of negotiations, Israel’s leader on Monday put together a coalition government that backs his plan to pull out of parts of the West Bank and draw Israel’s final borders by 2010. Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced key Cabinet appointments, naming Tzipi Livni, a pragmatic jurist and rising star in Israeli politics, as vice premier and foreign minister. Livni had served as acting foreign minister in recent months. Outgoing Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, who only belatedly threw his support behind Olmert, got a relatively minor portfolio. Full Story

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