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Israel President Talks with Party Leaders on Formation of Cabinet

President Ben-Zvi today began the customary formal consultations with party leaders before calling on one of them to try to form a new coalition Government. He was expected to appoint David Ben-Gurion for the task.

The Prime Minister met last night with General Zionist leaders despite flat statements by Mapam and Achdut Avodah leaders that they would not join a coalition in which the General Zionists were participants. The Prime Minister said again that he wanted a broad coalition including both the General Zionists and the two left-wing parties.