JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with four ministerial positions.
Four other Labor lawmakers joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday: Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Orit Noked; and freshman Knesset member Einat Wilf.
The new ministerial positions were announced Tuesday.
The new party is expected to be called Atzmaut, or Independence.
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