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Tzipi Livni currently serves as Minister of Justice in the 33rd government of the State of Israel. In addition, she has been entrusted with leading Israel negotiations with the Palestinians and chairs the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs. Livni is a permanent member of the Government Security Cabinet and the founder and chair of the Hatnua Party. Livni has held senior positions in previous governments, including Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Chief Negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks (in the 31st Government, from 2006 to 2009). From 2009 to 2012, Livni served as Leader of the Opposition in Israel's Knesset. During this time she chaired the largest party in the Knesset, the Kadima Party. During her time in the Knesset, Livni has served on several parliamentary committees, including the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee and the Committee on the Status of Women. She has also chaired the Legislative Subcommittee for the Prohibition of Money Laundering Law. Livni was first elected to the Knesset in 1999 as a member of the Likud Party. In 2005 Livni left the Likud and founded the Kadima Party together with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and other leaders in the Knesset. Prior to her election to the Knesset, Livni served as the Director General of the Government Companies Authority from 1996 to 1999. In this capacity, she was in charge of the privatization of government corporations and monopolies. Livni received her law degree from Bar-Ilan University and practiced as an attorney for ten years before entering public life. She served as the founding partner of a private firm where she specialized, inter alia, in commercial law, constitutional law and real estate law.