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Sharett Slated for Premiership; Will Retain Foreign Ministry Post

Indications here point to Moshe Sharett becoming the next Premier of Israel and holding on to the Foreign Ministry portfolio. A decision on this matter is expected tonight when the Mapai Party political committee meets. Its decision must be ratified by the party’s central council before it becomes effective.

Meanwhile, the Mapai-General Zionist negotiations for reconstitution of the Cabinet enter a decisive phase tomorrow when representatives of the two parties meet again. It is believed here that both parties are ready for compromises which will permit virtually the same membership in the Cabinet and several changes in the coalition program.

It is known that Premier David Ben Gurion strongly opposes the General Zionist Party demand for a Vice Premiership, beside the portfolios now held by four of its leaders. However, there is a possibility that the Mapai will offer the centrists an additional post, Deputy Minister of Education.