Livni to Quit while She is Behind (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 05/01/12)
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Ousted Kadima party leader Tzipi Livni will announce Tuesday she is
quitting politics, Kadima party officials told Israeli media
Her departure will be no surprise considering her loss to Shaul Mofaz
in the partyís leadership vote last month.
Livni´s peak in her relatively short career in politics was her
inheriting the temporary role as Interim Prime Minister after Ehud
Olmert resigned under pressure of a string of allegations of bribery
and abusing public trust. He has been indicted on some of the charges
and still awaits trial.
Livni led the government for three months before new elections were
held and quickly began a down hill ride. Her party managed to garner
one more Knesset seat than the Likud in the elections, but she failed
to put together a ruling coalition, leaving the way for Likud leader
Binyamin Netanyahu to become Prime Minister.
She saw her role as Opposition leader as railing against the
coalition on virtually every issue, even those that Kadima once
Her uninspiring oratorical style did little to attract supporters
except for frequent interviews on Israel broadcast Authorityís
flagship Reshet Bet station, which along with other mainstream media
has been almost solidly slanted against Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Now that elections later this year have become a foregone conclusion,
Livni probably will announce her retirement in order to leave the way
clear for other leaders to emerge. All polls have shown that if
elections were held today, Kadima would lose approximately half of
its strength. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/01/12)
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