Olmert to appoint cabinet-negotiating committee

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.