Israel’s Peres begins vetting parties for PM pick.


Israeli President Shimon Peres began on Wednesday a week-long process of consulting party leaders to decide whom he should ask to form a new government after an indecisive election.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist Kadima party, and right-wing opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu have each staked a claim to be prime minister since the Feb. 10 vote.

Kadima won 28 seats in the 120-member parliament to 27 for Netanyahu’s Likud party. Despite Livni’s edge, Netanyahu appears to command the largest bloc of supporters.

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