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2005-11-16 02:31:36

In JERUSALEM story headlined "Israel's Sharon ready for early election," please read in sixth paragraph ...Peretz has said... instead of ...Peres has said... JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will call an early election if the new Labour Party leader demands it, Israel's foreign minister said on Wednesday, signaling it could be as soon as March. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, speaking to Israel Radio from a conference in Tunisia, said Sharon told him at a recent...

2005-11-16 03:49:07

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will call an early election if the new Labour Party leader demands it, Israel's foreign minister said on Wednesday, signaling it could be as soon as March. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, speaking to Israel Radio from a conference in Tunisia, said Sharon told him at a recent meeting that there was "no reason to delay the matter" of moving up a national ballot from a scheduled November 2006. Amir Peretz, a trade union leader who ousted...

2005-11-16 02:02:46

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will call an early election if the new Labour Party leader demands it, Israel's foreign minister said on Wednesday, signaling it could be as soon as March. Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, speaking to Israel Radio from a conference in Tunisia, said Sharon told him at a recent meeting that there was "no reason to delay the matter" of moving up a national ballot from a scheduled November 2006. Amir Peretz, a trade union leader who ousted...

2005-11-15 10:48:57

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's new Labor leader Amir Peretz demanded letters of resignation from his party's cabinet ministers, pushing Israel a step closer to an early national election, officials said on Tuesday. Peretz, a trade union leader who ousted Shimon Peres as Labor's leader in a November 9 party ballot, has vowed to quit Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's coalition but says he will seek Sharon's agreement to an early election date in talks this week. In a...

2005-11-15 09:44:09

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's new Labor leader Amir Peretz demanded letters of resignation from his party's cabinet ministers, pushing Israel a step closer to an early national election, officials said on Tuesday. Peretz, a trade union leader who ousted Shimon Peres as Labor's leader in a November 9 party ballot, has vowed to quit Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's coalition but says he will seek Sharon's agreement to an early election date in talks this week. In a...

2005-11-13 04:08:15

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's march toward what appears to be an inevitable early election gained speed on Sunday after new Labor Party leader Amir Peretz threatened to act quickly to bring down Ariel Sharon's government. Peretz's call for Sharon to meet him immediately to discuss a date for a new national ballot, or face a Labor move in the coming week to end their political alliance, was rejected out of hand by a top aide to the prime minister. The political...

2005-11-12 15:48:23

By Corinne Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - New Labor party chief Amir Peretz threatened on Sunday to bring down Ariel Sharon's coalition government next week unless the prime minister meets him quickly to agree on a date for an early election. "If a meeting with Sharon does not take place at the beginning of the week, we may act to topple the government on Wednesday," said Peretz, surprise winner over elder statesman Shimon Peres of Labor's leadership election on Thursday. Israel's...

2005-11-12 12:57:58

By Corinne Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Newly-elected Israeli Labour party chief Amir Peretz said on Saturday he supports evacuating West Bank settlements, marking the first such declaration from the leftist leader on peace moves with the Palestinians. "I will not be part of (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's) government, but ... if (Sharon) wants to give back parts of Judea and Samaria, he will receive my support," he told Israel's Channel 2 television, using Israel's terms for...

2005-11-12 11:53:32

By Corinne Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Newly-elected Israeli Labor chief Amir Peretz said on Saturday that he supports evacuating West Bank settlements, marking the first such declaration from the leftist leader regarding peace moves with the Palestinians. "I will not be part of (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's) government, but ... if (Sharon) wants to give back parts of Judea and Samaria, he will receive my support," he told Israel's Channel 2 television, referring to...

2005-11-11 10:25:20

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The new leader of Israel's Labor Party, bent on pulling the plug on the ruling coalition, said on Friday he would press Prime Minister Ariel Sharon next week to call an early election for March or May. Surveys indicated that trade union chief Amir Peretz's success in toppling the elder statesman Shimon Peres this week had boosted the once-dominant Labor Party, but not enough to unseat Sharon. Stunned by his loss, Peres -- who has won a Nobel...