Netanyahu to Form Israeli Government

LIvni averse to power-sharing propositions
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 20, 2009 8:08 AM CST
In this Feb. 11, 2009 file photo, Israel's Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters at the Likud election headquarters at the convention center in Tel Aviv.    (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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(Newser) – Right-of-center Benjamin Netanyahu has been asked to form Israel’s new government, despite President Shimon Peres’s initial hopes that  Netanyahu would share power with centrist Tzipi Livni, who was the top vote-getter in the election last week. Livni said she would prefer to head the opposition, the BBC reports. A coalition would be “without political vision, a government with no values,” she said. With six weeks to form a government, Netanyahu could still try to win over Livni.