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April 28, 2006
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Israel’s Labor Party agreed to join the new Kadima-led coalition government. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Labor leader Amir Peretz reached a deal Thursday morning and a public signing was expected later in the day, a Kadima spokesman said. Labor will be the biggest government partner for Kadima, which won last month’s Israeli elections. The pensioners’ party Gil came aboard Wednesday, and the Sephardi Orthodox faction Shas is in the last stages of coalition talks with Kadima. Labor is expected to get seven Cabinet portfolios, including the Defense Ministry.

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