Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Livni Aiming for Rotation with Bibi on Premiership

Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni intended to plan strategy for how to maximize what the three centrist parties could receive in coalition negotiations with Prime Minister Netanyahu, in the so far unsuccessful tripartite talks with Labor head Shelly Yacimovich and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.

Sources close to Livni told the Jerusalem Post that she she did not intend to discuss what portfolios the parties would demand if they joined the coalition together or whether she would ask for a rotation in the Prime Minister's Office between Netanyahu and  the leaders of one of the parties.

But Livni does intend to raise such issues in further talks with Lapid and Yacimovich following the January 22 election, especially if the three parties together win more seats than the joint list of Likud and Yisrael Beitenu.

"If the three parties come to Netanyahu together after the election, it's a whole new ballgame," a source close to Livni said. "We would be a force that can bargain for our agenda in building a stable coalition with Likud and our parties of 75 MKs."