Israeli Labor Party leaves government; early election ahead
Sunday, November 20, 2005
In his speech to the convention, Peretz accused Sharon's government of "humiliating" immigrants and poor people and said it had deepend poverty in the country. He called on Likud voters to switch to Labor because, "Likud has abandoned you".
Officials from both parties agreed that March 28, 2006 would be the date of early elections to the 17th Knesset.
Earlier today, Sharon thanked Peres for the work in the government and proclaimed, "Shimon, this is the beginning of our joint work". This statement is seen as reaffirming rumors that Sharon may quit Likud and form a new party, due to several disagreements with the Likud in the past.
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