NETANYAHU SWEARS AS ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER

PanARMENIAN.Net
01.04.2009 10:48 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in late
Tuesday to lead Israel's 32nd government, after cobbling together a
coalition amid rising tensions within his own Likud party and with
other leading political figures.

Lawmakers voted 69 to 45 with five abstentions in favor of Netanyahu's
right-wing government after a six-hour debate, making Netanyahu Prime
Minister for the second time in 10 years.

The new coalition will comprise 30 ministers and seven deputy
ministers. In addition to serving as premier, Netanyahu has also
created a position for himself as financial strategy minister and
appointed Yuval Steinitz (Likud) to serve as Finance Minister,
Haaretz reported.