JERUSALEM (Jan. 24)
Premier-designate Moshe Sharett today reported to Israel President Ben Zvi the successful formation of an Israeli coalition Cabinet after eight weeks of negotiations. The talks began following the decision of former Premier David Ben Gorton to retire to private life.
Following his audience with the President, Mr. Sharett told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he had informed the Chief of State that his new government was based on three factions commanding a total of 80 votes in Parliament.
While Mr. Sharett has already scheduled a meeting of the new Cabinet for tomorrow, he is still making efforts to bring the Progressives back into the coalition despite the opposition to the coalition’s agreement to press for an election law amendment limiting the right of Parliamentary representation to parties which obtain 4.2 percent of the total vote in a national election.