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Tzipi Livni has been chosen to form Israel’s new government.
On Monday evening, Israeli President Shimon Peres formally appointed Livni, who won the ruling Kadima party primary last week, to form a new coalition government.
Ehud Olmert, who submitted his official resignation on Sunday, will stay on as interim prime minister until a new government is formed.
After Olmert’s official resignation Sunday evening, Peres met with party leaders to hear their recommendations on whom he should charge with forming the coalition. Though Livni was widely expected to be the pick, legally Peres has the prerogative to appoint the party most likely to succeed in leading a coalition.
Livni has told party leaders that she wants to establish a national unity government. But, she said, “If it soon becomes clear that a coalition cannot be formed, we will go to elections and we will win.”