Middle East Economic Survey


No 48


Political Comment (28 November 2005)

Labour has defected from Israels governing coalition, prompting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to quit his own Likud party and form a new party to contest the general election now scheduled for 28 March. Leaders of Iraqs various ethnic and religious groups have attended a reconciliation conference in Cairo. A confrontation between Syria and the international community looks imminent as the 15 December...