January 12, 2006

Three Likud ministers quit Israeli cabinet: official

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Three of the right-wing Likud party's
four cabinet ministers resigned on Thursday in a move that will
have no direct impact on the viability of Israel's caretaker
government ahead of the March general election.

"Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu has handed over the
letters of resignation to the cabinet secretariat in
Jerusalem," a party statement said. The resignations go into
effect in 48 hours.