Mitzna: Labor will not join government led by Sharon
The Israeli Labor Party said Tuesday that it would not join a government led by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Labor's decision could mean that neither Sharon nor Labor leader Amram Mitzna will be able to form a stable coalition government.
Mitzna made the announcement at party headquarters in Tel Aviv, flanked by nearly all of Labor's 26 parliament members. "We will not be in a government led by Sharon," Mitzna said. "It's us or him. Anyone who doesn't vote Labor is voting for Sharon."
According to AP, Israeli commentators said the decision appeared to be a desperate attempt by Labor to sway undecided voters, after the latest polls suggested the party would not win more than 20 seats in the 120-member parliament. An internal Labor poll indicated the party could win three to four more seats by declaring unequivocally that it would not join a Sharon government.
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