Israel: Olmert Corruption Scandal Grows
Saturday May 31, 2008 00:02 by The Real News Network - 1 of International Middle East Media Center - IMEMC Editorial Group
Ehud Barak threatens to take Israeli Labour Party out of governing coalition unless Olmert steps aside
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he would use his considerable power to topple the coalition government if Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not step aside to face corruption allegations. Although Barak stopped short of setting a firm deadline, his comments make it extremely difficult for Olmert to stay in power. If Barak's Labor Party withdraws from the coalition, Olmert would lose his parliamentary majority and the country would be forced to hold new elections.
Bernard Avishai, contributing editor of Harvard Business Review and author "The Hebrew Republic," comments on the possibility of early elections that would most likely see Israel's current Foreign Minister appointed as Prime Minister.
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