Barak quits Israel's Labour to form new party

The Labour party is the third largest party in the ruling coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with 13 seats in the 120-member Knesset.

Barak quits Israel's Labour to form new party

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak was on Monday to quit his Labour party, a key member of the ruling coalition, and to announce the creation of a new party, Israeli media reported.

Barak and four other Labour MPs, including Agriculture Minister Shalom Simchon and deputy defence minister Matan Vilnai, were expected to set up a new party called "Independence," major Israeli TV and radio stations reported.

He was expected to formally announce the move at a press conference at the Knesset, or parliament, later in the morning.

The Labour party is the third largest party in the ruling coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with 13 seats in the 120-member Knesset.

It was not immediately clear whether the other Labour MPs would remain in the coalition following Barak's departure.

Agencies

Last Mod: 17 Ocak 2011, 17:30
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