Netanyahu refutes reports of early election (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Ophir Bar-Zohar 03/26/12)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers yesterday
that, contrary to the rumors, he has no intention of moving up
parliamentary elections. "There has been no decision to call for
early elections and all the reports dealing with the issue are one
big mistake," he asserted.
The prime minister suggested cynically that the ministers could pass
on this information themselves, adding: "You can also send a text
message about this, which you seem to love to do."
Asked if, nonetheless, there was some chance of an earlier election,
he answered, "Absolutely not. I deny it completely. There will be no
election in September nor October. We have no such intention. Go text
that as well."
Netanyahu discussed the upcoming Likud convention, noting that it
would probably be held in the second half of June. He believes that
discussion on appeals concerning the preliminary elections for Likud
leadership would be concluded by next week, and that the convention
could thereby be held within 90 days.
The prime minister also mentioned several social issues at the
meeting, among them the railway workers´ strike, which he said harmed
poorer people and the economy. He also requested that the ministers
submit ideas and proposals to deal with the rising prices of water,
electricity and gasoline. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 03/26/12)
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