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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, May 19, 1982-Page 5
Begin loses parliamentary majority

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP)- Prime
Minister Menachem Begin faces
possible defeat in a parliamentary no-
confidence vote after two legislators
defected from his coalition yesterday
and left him without a majority in
Amnon Linn and Yitzhak Peretz quit
Begin's Likus block and aligned them-
selves with the opposition tabor Party
just 24 hours before Parliament was to
vote on a Labor Party motion of no con-
fidence prompted by rising inflation.
THE FATE of the government
depended on the five votes of two splin-
ter parties which have not announced
their position.
The defections put Labor ahead of
Likud by 50 seats to 46 in the 120-
member Parliament, or Knesset.
Begin's coalition was pared from 61 to
59 seats.
He rules with the backing of two
religious parties and an ethnic-based
faction. The largest faction, the
National Religious Party, has six seats;
the Agudat Israel faction has four, and
TAMI has three.
LIKUD OFFICIALS sought to assure
the votes of the right-wing Tehiya
Renaissance party, a three-member
faction that advocates annexing the oc-
cupied West Bank of the Jordan River.
Israel radio said Likud was offering
Tehiya promises of increased Jewish

settlement in the West Bank in return
for their votes. Likud also hoped the
two-man, right-of-center Telem faction
would vote against the no-confidence
motion Wednesday.
There were three possibilities for the
political future:
" Begin loses the vote, forcing his
resignation. He can then-try to form a
new government, calling an early elec-
tion, or step down and let the Labor
Party try and pull together a coalition.
Labor is unlikely to succeed because
the six-member National Religious
Party.refuses to join a Labor gover-
* Begin wins the vote and goes on
governing with a minority, while trying
to draw the two-man Telen faction into
the coalition and re-establish his
* Begin wins the vote but concludes
that he cannot go on fighting constant
no-confidence motions-he has beaten
six in the past 10 months-and sets an
early election date, about three years
ahead of schedule. Opinion polls say he
would increase his majority.
In any case, the 68-year-old Begin
would remain in office as a caretaker
prime minister until a new government
is formed. -
Linn said the religious minority was
"dictating to a huge secular majority
how it should live its life."

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER Menachem Begin faces a worrisome no-confidence
vote after two legislators defected from his Likud coalition, leaving him without a
majority in Parliament.

Nuclear plant's reopening put to a vote
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Residents of three. cilman who said voters were turning out in force on a primary elections were being held for governor, U.S.
counties surrounding the Three Mile Island nuclear hot and humid day to vote to keep TMI closed: "I'm Senate and statewide offices, was expected to be only
power plant voted yesterday, in a non-binding pro-nuclear, but they've lied to us." about 25 percent of the state's 5.6 million eligible
referendum on whether they favor bringing the plan Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Nunzio voters.
back into partial service, Palladino has said the vote, although non-binding, The plant is in Middletown, a rural community of
TMI's Unit I has been shut down for three years sin- would have an impact on future decisions by the 9,000 where nearly everyone has an opinion about the
ce its sister reactor overheated in the nation's worst NRC, which will ultimately decide on any restart. nuclear plant. But in the heat of the referendum,
commercial nuclear accident. The three counties have 222,091 voters. Nancy Up- campaign, few agreed to give their names when
The yes-no question on the ballot in Dauphin, deraff, an election judge in Royalton, a town nearest asked about the vote.
Cumerland and Lebanon counties was: "Do you the plan, said the turnout there was better than usual One woman fumed about spending $200 on gasoline
,. favor restarting TMI Unit I, which was not involved for a primary election and said TMI probably was the and lodging during the accidnet when many residents
in the accident on March 28, 1979?" reason. left temporarily. "And they don't tell us the truth
ABSOLUTELY not," said Jim Grim, a city coun- VOTING ELSEWHERE in the state, where either," she said.

to protest
M NRC fine
(Continued from Page 3)
been developed to replace the method
that led to the violation, according to
John Jones, manager of the Phoenix
Memorial' Radiation Laboratory on
North Campus, where the new process
is conducted.
"We have revised the procedure to do
manufacturing and dispensing in a
closed system throughout the whole
process," he said.
Currently, NP-59 cannot be obtained
anywhere else in the country, Price
said. It was developed by University
researchers in 1975, one of whom is Dr.
William Beierwaltes, chief of nuclear
medicine at the University Hospital.
The drug has not been approved yet by
the FDA, Price said, but currently is
being used experimentally to treat
glandular disorders ....~-

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