Deputy PM Wants Olmert Out

By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted May 3, 2007 7:02 AM CDT
Deputy PM Wants Olmert Out
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, left, attend a special meeting of the cabinet at his office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Livni, Israel's popular foreign minister on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign and said she would challenge him...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Israel's foreign minister has called on Ehud Olmert to resign, the highest ranking Kadima party official to call for his ouster. Tzipi Livni, who also serves as deputy prime minister, says she's prepared to stand to replace Olmert in the wake of the damning Winograd report. But the majority of Kadima Knesset members continue to back the embattled leader.

The BBC reports that a majority of Israelis support the PM's resignation, and anti-Olmert demonstrations are planned for Thursday evening. Olmert, for his part, says he won't resign, telling a closed-door Kadima meeting, "I am in a personally uncomfortable position, but I will not shirk my responsibility and will fix all the mistakes." (Read more Ehud Olmert stories.)

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