JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Israel's Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir has succeeded Menachem Begin as Head of the Herut Party, founded by the Prime Minister after his country's war of independence in 1948.
JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER 1 to 2, TEL AVIV (VISNEWS)
1. CU Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and deputy Prime Minister David Levy raising clasped hands, being cheated by Herut Party members in hall. (3 SHOTS) 0.10
2. SV Shamir and Levy embrace as crowd cheers. (3 SHOTS) 0.19
3. GV ZOOM TO Shamir and Party members singing national anthem. 0.44
SEPTEMBER 2, JERUSALEM (SHARON)
4. GV INT Party members seated around table. (2 SHOTS) 0.53
5. SV Shamir, Levy and other members. (2 SHOTS) 1.03
6. SV Prime Minister Menachem Begin leaving building an entering car. 1.08
7. CU Shamir speaking. (English SOT) 1.55
TRANSCRIPT: SHAMIR: (SEQ 7) "It was agreed and decided, by all the parts of the coalition, to continue the existing coalition on the basis of the actual programme of the coalition, the principles, and the existing agreements. We will continue our discussions about all the other programmes, all the pending programmes in the next few days, and I am hopeful that we will settle all problems, and we will be able in, during the next week, to bring the government to the Knesset, and to ask the confidence of the Knesset."
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Background: JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Israel's Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir has succeeded Menachem Begin as Head of the Herut Party, founded by the Prime Minister after his country's war of independence in 1948. Mr. Shamir defeated his only rival, Deputy Premier David Levy, by 436 votes to 302 in a secret ballot on September of the Herut Central Committee in Tel Aviv. The two candidates raised their clasped hands in a show of unity as voting began among the party's 857 members. After results were announced early the following day, the two men embraced as activists in the packed hall sang the national anthem. The new Herut Party Chairman, a fervent follower of his predecessor immediately pledged to continue his policies. Mr. Begin announced on August 28 that he was stepping down after six years as prime minster, but later agreed to delay submitting his resignation to President Chaim Herzog to give Herut time to find a new leader. The prime minister also wished to give the new Herut leader time to secure the backing of other Likud coalition members who control 64 seats in the 120-member Knesset (Parliament). Later in the day, Mr. Shamir announced his second political success. After lengthy deliberations in Jerusalem, he persuaded the right-wing and religious factions of the shaky coalition to serve under his leadership in a future government. Although Mr. Shamir still faces the task of reaching individual agreements with each Likud partner, he now seems better placed than Opposition leader Shimon Peres to form Israel's new government.
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