Shalom insists elections should not be postponed

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud), while expressing wishes for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's speedy and complete recovery, insisted that elections should not be postponed. Shalom contradicted the reported proposal that would enable a postponement of elections if the move would be supported by 80 MKs. The foreign minister claimed that such a situation could be enacted only if there was no actual way that the elections could happen. As a precedent he cited the only time in which the elections were postponed: in 1973, when the Yom Kippur War forced the elections to be moved to December of that year. Still, in an interview to Channel 10, Shalom refused to announce whether his party would resign from the government before the scheduled elections on March 28.