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    MR.DAVID BEN-GURION, 76, THE ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER, SHOCKED THE ISRAELI NATION ON SUNDAY WHEN HE?

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    MR.DAVID BEN-GURION, 76, THE ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER, SHOCKED THE ISRAELI NATION ON SUNDAY WHEN HE SUBMITTED HIS RESIGNATION TO PRESIDENT ZALMAN SHANZAR.ANNOUNCING THIS AT A CABINET MEETING, HE SAID HE WAS RESIGNING FOR PERSONAL REASONS NOT LINKED WITH ANY STATE PROBLEM OR EVENT.HE HAS ALSO RESIGNED HIS PARLIAMENTARY SEAT WHICH BARS HIM FROM BECOMING PRIME MINISTER AGAIN.OBSERVERS BELIEVE THAT HIS RESIGNATION MUST BE FINAL, UNLIKE HIS TWO-YEAR RETIREMENT FROM OFFICE IN 1953.MR.DAVID BEN-GURION HAD HELD THE OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER SINCE THE COUNTRY'S INDEPENDENCE IN 1948, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE 1953 BREAK.

    IT WILL BE AT LEAST ANOTHER WEEK BEFORE A NEW GOVERNMENT CAN BE FORMED, BECAUSE PRESIDENT ZALMAN SHAZAR MUST FIRST CONSULT THE LEADERS OF THE DIFFERENT PARLIAMENTARY PARTIES.HOWEVER, THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO HIS CALLING ON THE MAPAI (LABOUR) PARTY WHICH HOLDS 42 OF THE 120 SEATS IN THE KNESSET (PARLIAMENT), TO NOMINATE THE NEW PRIME MINISTER, AND THE MAPAI CHOICE IS MR.LEVI ESHKOL, THE FINANCE MINISTER IN THE BEN-GURION GOVERNMENT.

    THE VACUUM CAUSED BY MR.BEN-GURION'S RESIGNATION MUST ALSO BE FILLED BY A NEW DEFENCE MINISTER - A PORTFOLIO HE HAD HELD SINCE 1955.MR.SHIMON PERES, THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE, IS ALMOST CERTAIN TO BECOME THE NEW MINISTER.

    IT IS BELIEVED THAT MR.BEN-GURION PROPOSES TO RETIRE TO A NEGEV KIBBUTZ, WHERE HE PLANS TO WRITE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF JEWISH REVIVAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE5N1C0GEME91UIHE31SQ3NS1C
    Media URN:
    VLVAE5N1C0GEME91UIHE31SQ3NS1C
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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