Into the electoral maze
Oct 30th 2008 | JERUSALEM
From The Economist print editionA power vacuum until the vote in February, and no clear victor in sight
AFTER more than a month of negotiation, Israel’s foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, who was recently elected head of Kadima, the biggest party in the ruling coalition, has given up her struggle to form a fresh coalition government. Instead, a general election will be held in February. The latest opinion polls put Ms Livni a shade ahead of Binyamin Netanyahu, leader of the right-wing Likud party, with Ehud Barak of Labour far behind in third place.
Until a new government is sworn in, usually after a further month or two of post-election haggling, Ehud Olmert will remain in office as prime minister. Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, will dissolve itself on November 11th but can reconvene if urgent legislation is needed. So for the next four or five months, Israel will be without a government likely to take big new initiatives or make tough decisions, especially on the international front.http://www.economist.com/world/mideast-africa/displayStory.cfm?source=hptextfeature&story_id=12516472
An article from a different UK publication on the government in Israel. There seem to be many elections going on in the world for the federal governments in several countries at this time of the year.