October 26, 2008
ONE FASCINATING PECULIARITY OF AN OBAMA ELECTION...:
Left to PM: Reconsider policies if you want our support (Times of India, 26 Oct 2008)
The Left parties on Sunday virtually rejected Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's desire to work with them in future and asked him to reverse his government's economic policies. [...]
CPI Secretary D Raja said unless the Prime Minister and the Congress-led UPA government reversed its politics and get out of the Indo-US nuclear deal, it would be difficult to work with them.
He said the government should reverse its economic reforms and stop pursuing strategic ties with the US.
...is that pretty nearly the only world leaders he could meet with who aren't moving their states in the opposite political direction are Spain's Zapatero and Israel's Tzipi Livni, who may well be on her way out already, New election looms for Israel (The National, October 26. 2008)
The chances of forming a government were reduced after a powerful ultra-Orthodox party said it would not join a coalition headed by prime minister designate Ms Livni.
Major differences emerged in talks with Shas, the third largest party with 12 deputies, whose support was seen as vital in forming a viable government.
On Friday, Shas said it had failed to secure two key requirements — increased family allowances and a guarantee that the future of occupied east Jerusalem would not be negotiated in peace talks with the Palestinians.
Mr Peres asked Ms Livni on September 22 to form a new government after she was elected Kadima leader to replace the prime minister Ehud Olmert, who has resigned to battle a wave of graft allegations.
Ms Livni, a 51-year-old former Mossad agent, is seeking to become Israel’s second woman prime minister after Golda Meir, who held office from 1969 to 1974.
However, should general elections be scheduled for 2009, polls have indicated they could bring Likud and former premier Benjamin Netanyahu to power.
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2008 10:04 AM