Olmert pressured to resign

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's future appeared increasingly in doubt yesterday after a senior member of his party urged him to resign in the wake of criticism of his conduct of last year's Lebanon war.

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's future appeared increasingly in doubt yesterday after a senior member of his party urged him to resign in the wake of criticism of his conduct of last year's Lebanon war.

Avigdor Yitzhaki, one of the most influential lawmakers in Israel's parliament, said Olmert had lost the confidence of his centrist Kadima party and the nation.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni planned to meet with Olmert later in the day to deliver what Israeli media described as "an ultimatum".

The reports said Livni would tell Olmert to resign quickly or she would lead a revolt against him within Kadima.

Livni, a frontrunner to replace Olmert should he resign, earlier told aides "he must go", following the release of a report by a government-appointed commission blaming Olmert for serious failures during the Lebanon war. - Reuters

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