이스라엘의 극우 샤스 당이 치피 리비니 총리 지명자가 이끄는 연립정부에 참여하지 않겠다고 밝혔습니다.
샤스 당은 예루살렘의 지위와 사회보장혜택 등에 관해 리브니의 중도 카디마 당과 합의를 이룰 수가 없었다고 설명했습니다.
총리 지명자는 오는 26일까지 새 연립정부를 구성하지 못하면
총선거를 실시하겠다고 밝혔습니다.
Israel's ultra-Orthodox Shas party says it will not join a coalition
government led by Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni, increasing the chances
of snap elections.
A Shas spokesman says the party was unable to reach an agreement with Livni's centrist Kadima party on the status of Jerusalem and social welfare benefits for the poor. He says his party's spiritual leader (Rabbi Ovadia Yosef), who helps determine party policy, decided not to continue coalition talks.
Livni said Thursday she would call for elections if she had not formed a new coalition government by Sunday.
She had reached a deal with the dovish Labor party, but had been unable to strike an agreement to keep the Shas party on board, a move many observers said was key.