Livni may ask for rotation in PMO

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 8, 2013 23:24

Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni intended to plan strategy for how to maximize what the three centrist parties could receive in coalition negotiations with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in unsuccessful tripartite talks with Labor head Shelly Yacimovich and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, sources close to Livni revealed Tuesday.

The late-night talks between Livni, Lapid, and Yacimovich ended before Livni had an opportunity to reveal to them her strategy for coalition talks. They did not get to that point, because Yacimovich ruled out negotiating with Netanyahu at all.

But sources close to Livni said she intended to talk about how they could bargain for advancing the issues on the agenda of the three parties. Livni's associates said she did not intend to discuss what portfolios the parties would demand if they joined the coalition together or whether she would ask for a rotation in the Prime Minister's Office between Netanyahu and  the leaders of one of the parties.

But Livni does intend to raise such issues in further talks with Lapid and Yacimovich following the January 22 election, especially if the three parties together win more seats than the joint list of Likud and Yisrael Beytenu.


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