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Coalition Agreement Signed

The coalition agreement between Premier Menachem Begin and the three religious parties — the National Religious Party, Aguda Israel and Tami — was signed tonight in a brief ceremony and a round of “lehaims.” The last session of the outgoing Cabinet will take place tomorrow at 9 am. The first session of the new Cabinet will take place a half hour later. The presentation of the new government to the Knesset will take place at 10 am., followed by eight hours of debate.

The following is the list of Ministers in the new Cabinet:

Menachem Begin — Premier

Yitzhak Shamir — Foreign Minister

Ariel Sharon — Defense Minister

Yoram Aridor — Finance Minister

Yaacov Meridor — Economic Coordinator

David Levy — Housing Minister (with responsibility for Project Renewal).

Haim Corfu — Transport Minister

Mordechai Zipori — Communications Minister

These eight ministers are all members of Herut.

Eliezer Shostak — Health Minister

Shostak is a member of the La’am wing of Likud.

Simcha Ehrlich — Deputy Premier and Agriculture Minister

Gideon Part — Commerce and Industry Minister

Yitzhak Modai — Minister-without-portfolio

Avrahm Sharir — Tourism Minister (The Ministry of Tourism will be separated from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry)

Moshe Nissim — Justice Minister

Yitzhak Berman — Energy Minister

These six ministers are all members of the Liberal Party.

Yosef Burg — Interior, Religious Affairs and Police Minister (with continuing involvement in the autonomy talks)

Zevulun Hammer — Education Minister

Both ministers are members of the National Religious Party.

Aharon Abu Hatzeira — Labor and Social Welfare (which is now one Ministry) and Absorption.

Hatzeira is the leader of Tami.

There are 18 Ministers in the Cabinet. Aguda Israel has no ministerial portfolio but holds key Knesset committee chairmanships. In addition, there are also Deputy Ministerships:

Pessach Grupper (Liberal Party) and Michael Dekel (Herut) — Agriculture

Miriam Glazer-Tassa (Herut) — Education

Moshe Katzav (Herut) — Housing

Haim Druckman (NRP) Religious Affairs

Aharon Uzzan (Tami) — Absorption

Bension Rubin (Tami) — Labor and Social Welfare

Haim Kaufman (Herut) — Finance

Yehuda Ben-Meir (NRP) — Foreign Ministry

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