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Premier Eshkol Expects to Present New Cabinet to Parliament Today

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who was entrusted last night by President Zalman Shazar with the task of forming a new Government, said today that he expects to have the new Cabinet formed within 24 hours and to present the members of the new Cabinet to the Parliament tomorrow.

Premier Eshkol told correspondents that he foresees the same coalition and expects no changes in the composition of the Cabinet which fell last week when Mr. Eshkol resigned premiership as a result of his dispute with former Premier David Ben-Gurion over the “Lavon Affair.”

Mr. Eshkol said today that he believes the new Cabinet will take up at its first meeting the request by Mr. Ben-Gurion to reopen the Lavon case inquiry. He emphasized that the new Government is now free to take any decision on the matter.