The Israelis are at the polls voting today. Kadima, the centrist party founded last year by the stroke-felled Ariel Sharon, is expected to win 34 seats in the Knesset. Mr. Olmert, the current prime minister who succeeded Sharon as both PM and head of Kadima, has suggested that 40 seats for his party are needed to form a stable government. There are 31 parties vying for seats.
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Olmert needs this. According to a CNN report yesterday, it was Olmert who was aggressively persuading Sharon to pull out of Gaza and the West Bank. The job is only half done and if Olmert is going to pull it off, he needs a stable government. Labor is expected to come in second and would be the most obvious candidate for a coalition depending on how things turn out. Netanyahu and Likud are projected to come in third.
We'll see how this turns out.