From the International Herald Tribue:
Pressure on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel to step down increased Thursday when Tzipi Livni, his foreign minister and a member of the same political party, urged preparations for new elections.
Livni who until now had kept silent on the high-profile corruption investigation engulfing Olmert said their party, Kadima, was “at a point in which it must make decisions and prepare for any scenario, including early elections.”
The remarks by Livni, who is a frontrunner to succeed Olmert, seemed to be a political step designed to move Israeli politics into a post-Olmert era.
They came a day after another member of the governing coalition, Defense Minister Ehud Barak of the Labor Party, called on Olmert to step down pending the outcome of the corruption investigation.
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