Livni: Olmert Must Go

Things are starting to get a little dicey for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Yesterday, it was his powerful defense minister Ehud Barak who threatened to take the Labor party out of the coalition unless Olmert resigned. Today, his rival in the cabinet, foreign minister Tzipi Livni added her voice to a growing chorus of Kadima party members who want Olmert to step down due to his historic low approval ratings and almost certain indictment in
a corruption scandal:

Israel's foreign minister says its ruling party must prepare to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in light of a corruption investigation.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is a top rival of Olmert and the first senior member of the Kadima Party to call for his ouster. She says Kadima needs to act for "every eventuality, including elections.

She says the party cannot ignore recent events and must act to restore the public's faith. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak threatened to pull his Labor Party out of the governing coalition if the prime minister doesn't step down.

Livni would be expected to step in as a caretaker prime minister until new elections were held.
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