So today it was made official – Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the Chairwoman of the Kadima political party that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert belongs to, has been granted an additional two weeks to form a coalition government.
After meeting President Shimon Peres, as the law requires, and briefing him on the progress (or lack thereof) of the coalition negotiations, Minister Livni asked President Peres for an extension of 14 days.
Minister Livni was quoted as saying, “We are making efforts to take away from the people of Israel the existing lack of certainty and to establish a stable and enduring government; this is our obligation and the responsibility that was bestowed upon us.”
That sounds good, but reality is different. She always emphasizes that she intends to complete the formation of a government as quickly as possible. She is also touting the line of 'national responsibility' – which could be a precursor for a political parachute should we go to early elections that is in the back of her mind.
One things for sure – a protracted election this time around is not what this country needs right now. prolonging of this process is not good for the people of Israel.”
Livni doesn't want that, but rather governmental stability. This is probably one of the main (at least public) reasons why she received what she went for – the chance to pull it all together and bring a coalition that won't fall apart.
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