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Outgoing Member of Knesset Haim Ramon said Monday that his Kadima party would return to government sooner rather than later.

The former vice premier was speaking at a press conference where he formally announced his resignation after serving as an MK and minister for 26 years.

"I believe strongly in Kadima and in its place in Israeli politics," Ramon said. "I think it is one of the most important things established during my years in politics."

Ramon added that he felt no anger when looking back at his years in the Knesset and in the public service.

"I look back without a little doubt, I did plenty of meaningful things, I made an impression. I did big things, I also made mistakes - it would be impossible not to in 26 years... and its natural that I made the mistakes I did," he said.

The veteran lawmaker will now become the chairman of the Kadima Council, the party's most important body, following an agreement with party chairwoman Tzipi Livni. This will enable him to continue his input in politics while going into private business.