Israeli FM seeks Olmert's resignation and replace him

Israel foreign minister on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down and said she would seek to replace him.

Israeli FM seeks Olmert's resignation and replace him
Israel foreign minister on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down and said she would seek to replace him — becoming the highest-ranking official to call for his resignation following a harsh report criticizing his handling of last year's war in Lebanon.

"I told him that resignation would be the right thing for him to do," said Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who is best placed to succeed Olmert as leader of the Kadima Party — and possibly as prime minister.

Livni said she would remain in government "to ensure that improvements are carried out." Livni, Olmert's top rival in the party, said she believed Kadima could replace Olmert without holding new elections.

Under Israel's parliamentary system, Kadima could change leaders without losing power. Livni said when Kadima holds its party primary, she would run for the leadership. No primary date has been set.

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