Call for Olmert to quit shifts to the streets

Call for Olmert to quit shifts to the streets
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A growing call for the resignation of the Israeli Prime Minister has shifted to the streets. Thousands of people gathered in the centre of Tel Aviv for a protest calling for Ehud Olmert to quit over his handling of the war in Lebanon.

Organisers said they were expecting up to 150,000 demonstrators to turn out for the rally.

Olmert’s foreign minister is one of those backing calls for him to resign. A senior official in his Kadima party, the parliamentary coalition chief, has also stood down in protest over Olmert’s refusal to resign.

Earlier today the head of the opposition Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu, called for early elections.

Recent opinion polls suggest Likud would win new elections.

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