GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
February 6, 2001: Ariel Sharon wins election as Israel's prime minister.

Ariel Sharon wins election to the office of prime minister with the largest vote margin ever in Israeli politics. The Likud Party leader begins efforts to unite the country by attracting members of the defeated Labor Party to his administration. The unity government that he forms is the largest in Israel's history and is split into a broad spectrum of left, right, center, and religious parties.

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The prospects for a long-term peace agreement in the Middle East have declined sharply with yesterday's election of Ariel Sharon as prime minister of Israel. (February 2001)

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Ariel Sharon is the victor in the contest for prime minister of Israel. The incumbent, Ehud Barak, has conceded the election. (February 2001)