Kadima wants parliament dissolved

October 27, 2008 12:00 am

, JERUSALEM, October 27 – Israel’s governing Kadima party will on Monday ask for parliament to be dissolved and elections to be held within 90 days, a spokesman for the centrist party said.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who heads Kadima, on Sunday called for snap elections after failing to reach a coalition agreement with the religious Shas party.

"It is important to hold elections within the shortest period allowable by law in order to reduce uncertainties, given the serious political, economic and security challenges Israel faces," said Kadima spokesman Shmulik Dahan.

President Shimon Peres was expected to formally announce the snap elections at a ceremony marking the start of parliament’s winter session.

Peres appointed Livni one month ago to try to form a government to replace the coalition headed by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who resigned amid corruption allegations and police calls for him to be indicted.

Her efforts collapsed after Shas said on Friday it would not join the government because Livni rejected its budgetary demands and refused to pledge not to discuss Jerusalem with the Palestinians.

Israel considers the whole city its eternal and undivided capital, but the Palestinians demand east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.


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