Olmert Steps Down Today Officially … Woman Takes Over Israeli Government
Posted by Casey on September 21, 2008
Courtesy Fox News
JERUSALEM — Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni wasted no time Sunday working to put together a new government, meeting with potential coalition partners even as outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert formally resigned. Her ability to move fast in her first task could have far-reaching effects on Mideast peace talks.
Livni, who has gained respect for favoring peace deals with the Palestinians and Syria while distancing herself from the unpopular Olmert, would become Israel's second female prime minister after Golda Meir, who served from 1969-1974.
A former lawyer and one-time agent in the Mossad spy agency, Livni has 42 days to form a government.
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