Ramon expects gov't to be presented by Passover

Senior Kadima member Haim Ramon on Wednesday stated his expectation that the new government would be presented right after Passover. He announced that his party would gather a coalition of 70-80 MKs that would be able to execute the convergence plan, if negotiations with the Palestinians fail. Ramon noted the possibility of making the Labor party a central party in the new coalition. According to Israel Radio, he insisted that socio-economic issues would not hamper negotiations. This year Passover Eve falls on April 12; the holiday lasts for one week.