Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will on Thursday, 5.1.06, undergo a heart

Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon spoke this afternoon (Tuesday), 3,1,06, with Attorney-General Meni Mazuz and updated him on the operation, including the need to anesthetize Prime Minister Sharon. It was decided, in agreement with the Prime Minister, that the Prime Minister would transfer his authority to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday morning for the duration of the operation and recovery, which the doctors estimate at approximately three hours. Cabinet Secretary Maimon updated Minister Olmert and the rest of the Cabinet.