President Ephraim Katzir of Israel will ask the Labour Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, to try to form a new Government, it was announced in Tel Aviv on Tuesday (23rd April).
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MR. RABIN: "I am proud and honoured to be elected as a designated Prime Minister by the Labour Party. You have to bear in mind that at the present there is a Government which is headed by the Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir and I am a member os her Cabinet. I'll not start my activities in the efforts to form a new Cabinet before I'll be called by the President to do so. And therefore at this moment I wouldn't add anything to this statement. Thank you very much."
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Background: President Ephraim Katzir of Israel will ask the Labour Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, to try to form a new Government, it was announced in Tel Aviv on Tuesday (23rd April).
Mr. Rabin, who's 52, will call on the President on Friday (26th April), to be officially invited to set up a coalition with the National Religous and Independent Liberal Parties.
The Minister, a former Army Chief of Staff and Ambassador to Washington, was chosen by the ruling Labour Party on Monday (22nd April) as a potential auccessor to Mrs. Golda Meir, who resigned earlier this month. He was elected as party nominee by a 53 per cent majority in a secret ballot by the 614-member Central Committee of the Labour alignment. He gained 298 of the 552 valid votes cast, 44 more than is only rival, Information Minister Shimon Perez.
Mr. Rabin will have 21 days to try to form a coalition. The Israeli press has said Mr. Rabin's chances of creating a workable elections before the year is out.