Israel Election Puts Focus on Economy

It was a modest victory for Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his centrist Kadima Party in Israel's general election on Mar. 28. Kadima will end up with 28 seats in the 120-member Knesset -- fewer than the 40 it had once hoped for. That means Olmert will be forced to do a lot of horse-trading with other parties over the next few weeks to establish a stable coalition government. Unusually for Israel, most of the haggling will focus on economic issues.

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