Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was set to set up a committee on Wednesday to lead negotiations with other parties in order to attempt to reach an agreement on a feasible coalition for the government.
The leader of the largest party is traditionally asked first to try to form a ruling coalition. Whether Olmert chooses to form a government with dovish parties or more hardline factions could determine his ability to carry out his plan.
Olmert could form a coalition with Labor, Meretz and the pensioners' party that advocates pensions for retirees, or he could add the haredi Shas or United Torah Judaism parties to his government.
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