Sheetrit backs Olmert for Kadima leadership

Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit stated unequivocably that, assuming Prime Minister Ariel Sharon does not return to politics, Kadima should support Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as its candidate for prime ministry in the upcoming elections in March. The statement, related in a Channel 10 interview contradict earlier reports claiming that Sheetrit recommended Kadima convene to decide its leader out of a list of candidates. In response to a specific question asking whether the acting prime minister should be supported even if he was not expected to gain as many Knesset seats as other candidates, Sheetrit answered that Olmert's initial ranking may not be very high, but he would become more popular with passing time. "The position forges the man," Sheetrit concluded.