Israel’s Cabinet has pronounced Ariel Sharon “permanently unable to exercise his duties” as prime minister. Ehud Olmert, who has been “acting” prime minister for the past three months, will be “interim” prime minister until his victorious Kadima party forms a new government, sometime next month. Sharon suffered a massive stroke in January and has been in a coma ever since. His doctors said he will be moved from Hadassah University Hospital to a long-term care facility.
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