P.M. Sharon Leaving Likud, Running As Independent

It's reported that P.M. Ariel Sharon intends to leave the Likud to run for re-election as an independent.

"Confidants have said Sharon wants to seize the chance that polls say he has to defeat the left-of-center Labour party in a snap election, then pursue plans to end conflict with the Palestinians without having to battle Likud hardliners who oppose giving up West Bank land."

Israel's Sharon unleashes political earthquake
Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:24 PM ET


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