Livni picked to form new Israeli government

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's president has picked Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to form a new Israeli government. President Shimon Peres made the expected announcement Monday evening after consulting all of Israel's political parties.

After Peres handed her the folder with the official appointment, she said, "I agree to take upon myself the role of forming a government."

Livni now has 42 days to put together a coalition government. She was the automatic choice as prime minister-designate after she won a party primary to succeed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He resigned because of multiple corruption allegations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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