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Asking for more time

by: JTA - Last updated: 2008-10-21

Israeli prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni

Israeli prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni

Tzipi Livni asked Israeli President Shimon Peres for an extension to form a new coalition government.

The prime minister-designate since Ehud Olmert resigned his position last month, Livni visited the president at his residence in Jerusalem Monday to request the two-week extension. By law she is entitled to the extra time.

While Livni has initialed an agreement with the Labor Party, talks with two religious parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, are stalled over Shas' insistence that child allowances be raised. The allowance provides a monthly stipend to every Israeli family per number of dependent children.

Livni says she plans to present a new government on the first day of the Knesset's winter session, October 27.