Cabinet to vote on Majadle appointment Sunday

Following pressure from the Labor party, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was expected to bring the appointment of Druse Labor MK Ghaleb Majadle to a vote in Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting. According to Army Radio, Labor officials have agreed that Majadle, if approved, will serve for a time without a portfolio, rather than immediately taking over the Culture, Science, and Sport Ministry formerly headed by MK Ophir Paz-Pines. If his appointment is approved, Majadle will be Israel's first Muslim and Arab cabinet minister.