Olmert named Kadima head; portfolios assigned

The Kadima faction voted to name Ehud Olmert interim chairman of Kadima on Monday in a meeting of the faction in the Knesset. Olmert announced a series of cabinet appointments in the meeting. Kadima MK Ronni Bar-on was named National Infrastructure Minister. He also received the science portfolio. Gidon Ezra has received the environment portfolio. Tzipi Livni was named Minister of Absorption, but announced that she would assign all of the duties and responsibilities of the position to her deputy Marina Solodkin. Zeev Boim received the Housing and Construction and Agriculture and Rural Development portfolios, and Yaakov Edri, in addition to becoming Health Minister, received the Negev and Galilee Development portfolio. The appointments will be brought before the cabinet on Wednesday.