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Eshkol Becomes Acting Premier; Holds Five Cabinet Portfolios

With Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion’s departure for a visit to France, Belgium and Holland today, Finance Minister Levi Eshkol became Acting Prime Minister and holder of five portfolios in the coalition Cabinet.

During Mr. Ben-Gurion’s absence, Mr. Eshkol assumes the prime ministry and the ministry of defense, which Mr. Ben-Gurion normally holds; the foreign ministry, which Mr. Ben-Gurion held during the absence from Israel of Mrs. Golda Meir; the education ministry which Mr. Ben-Gurion was holding temporarily following the resignation of Zalman Aranne, and his own finance ministry.