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JERUSALEM, AP – Israel’s Cabinet will declare Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “permanently incapacitated” at its meeting next week, the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported Monday.

Israel’s attorney general declared Sharon temporarily incapacitated after the prime minister suffered a severe stroke on Jan. 4. At the time, Ehud Olmert, the vice premier, was declared acting prime minister.

The Cabinet vote next Sunday — which will go into effect April 14 — will bump Olmert from acting prime minister to premier, Yediot reported, but noted that his authorities will remain the same.

Sharon has been comatose since the January stroke. Olmert’s centrist Kadima Party — established by Sharon weeks before the stroke — won last week’s general election, and he is expected to become the next prime minister.

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