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Mapai Names Sharett Premier; Ben Gurion Retains Knesset Seat

The Mapai Party political committee nominated Moshe Sharett to succeed David Ben Gurion as Premier of Israel, at a meeting which ended in the pre-dawn hours of this morning. The Mapai leaders further decided that Mr. Sharett would also remain at his post in the Foreign Ministry.

The committee, whose decision is subject to confirmation by the party’s central council which is scheduled to meet in Tel Aviv late today, named Pinchas Lavon, presently Minister without portfolio, to succeed Mr. Ben Gurion as Defense Minister. Zalman Aranne will succeed to the Cabinet post vacated by Mr. Lavon. Mr. Ben Gurion will retain his seat in Parliament.

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