Ehud Olmert signed up his first partner for Israel’s coalition government. Gil, the pensioners party, joined forces with Olmert’s Kadima Party on Wednesday, expanding the prime minister’s parliamentary command from 29 to 36 seats. Olmert still is courting the Labor Party and two smaller factions in hope of clinching a Knesset majority. Gil has been promised two Cabinet portfolios in the next government — the Health Ministry and the custom-made Pensioners Ministry.
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