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Two Israeli political leaders agree to team government

Leaders of Israel's two major parties said last night they had agreed in substance on the formation of a bipartisan unity government and expected to seek a parliamentary vote of confidence next week.

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Labor Party leader Shimon Peres will serve as prime minister for the first 25 months and then hand the post over to Likud bloc leader Yitzhak Shamir for a similar period. Some minor problems remain.