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Israel: The victory party that wasn’t


livni2.jpgHundreds of supporters and reporters waited for hours overnight at a banner-festooned hangar-like building in
Tel Aviv for a victory speech that never materialised from the ruling Kadima party’s newly elected leader, Tzipi Livni.

There was a lot for the party faithful to celebrate, a new Israeli leader, and the first woman to potentially become the country’s prime minister since Golda Meir in the 1970′s.

True, the Kadima party victory wasn’t enough to definitively crown Livni, 50, prime minister. Livni now foreign minister still faces the hurdle of forging a new government with fractious political parties, and still won’t get a mandate to do even that until scandal-struck Prime Minister Ehud Olmert carries out his pledge to resign.

But these weren’t the only reasons why the former member of Israel’s Mossad espionage agency delayed her victory speech last night.