Livni: Olmert must quit


Israel’s foreign minister urged Ehud Olmert to quit.

In the biggest challenge yet to the prime minister’s rule, Tzipi Livni revealed Wednesday that she had advised Olmert to step down after a commission of inquiry blasted his performance during last summer’s Lebanon war.

“I told the prime minister that I thought to resign was
the right thing to do,” Livni told reporters. “There are others saying
what I have been saying. I believe the prime minister listens to things
that are said. I don’t know what the outcome will be.”

Livni said she
would oppose calling early elections, preferring to see Olmert’s Kadima
Party stay in power.

“Kadima needs to choose its leadership in a democratic
manner, in a primary, and when the time comes I plan to submit my
candidacy,” Livni said. “Now is the time to restore the public’s trust
in the government.”

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