March 26, 2009 2:00 am

Netanyahu seeks to lift majority

Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the rightwing Likud party and Israel's prime minister-designate, yesterday moved to bolster his coalition majority still further by opening talks with the National Union, a far-right party that has three seats in parliament.

Mr Netanyahu also repeated his vow to pursue peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Tobias Buck, Jerusalem

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