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Lieberman to run in Israeli election despite graft charge
Published Saturday 15/12/2012 (updated) 18/12/2012 17:17
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Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman gestures as he speaks at
a party meeting in Jerusalem on Sept. 26. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Avigdor Lieberman confirmed on Saturday that he would run in next month's Israeli election, despite a corruption charge that prompted him to resign from the post of foreign minister.

Authorities have said Lieberman will be charged over alleged irregularities in the promotion of an Israeli diplomat who leaked information to him about a police investigation into his activities.

"He is only resigning his post as foreign minister and deputy prime minister, but not as chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu or number two on the Likud Beiteinu list," Lieberman's spokesman Ashley Perry said.

Lieberman's right-wing party Yisrael Beiteinu (Our Home is Israel) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud merged into one list ahead of the Jan. 22 poll to form Likud Beiteinu, which opinion polls have predicted will win the election.

Lieberman is second on the party list after Netanyahu and, before his indictment, was widely expected to retain a top cabinet position if the alliance won the election.

A conviction could disqualify him from serving as a minister, but the law does not prohibit Lieberman from running in the election.

On his Facebook page, Lieberman wrote that he hoped his case would be settled before the vote and that he would return to public office.

It is highly unlikely a trial could be concluded in little over a month and some commentators have said he might seek a swift plea deal instead.

An aide to Lieberman said he would hand in his letter resigning as foreign minister on Sunday, and that it would take effect 48 hours later.
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1 ) Mel / USA
15/12/2012 22:38
Yaaaaawn!!!!!So predictable!
Israeli war criminals&racketeers,ALWAYS get the good votes in elections,to Israel's detriment!
Must be easier for him to get elected,inZionist-led Israel,than go back to Moldova & be a bar-bouncer,human-trafficker,again?LOL!

2 ) ian / australia
15/12/2012 23:16
Creepy thing, knowing Israel, is that it mightn't hurt his chances. Israelis, the ones who want "strong" leaders (who "understand Arabic") might think yep, this is the brazen son-of-a-b**** we need (though Gaol Beiteinu could always be former FM Lieberman's new address). Insha'Allah.

3 ) Joe Fattal / USA
16/12/2012 01:12
It wouldn't make any difference. Israel is a corrupt government anyhow.

4 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
16/12/2012 12:03
Right, Israel is corrupt, not like those leaders in the Westbank like Yasser Arrafat whose wife made off to Europe with millions after he died (from AIDS, pedophilia) or Abbas who has enriched himself at the expense of the people he is supposed to represent and lead (Khalidi, in the USA, says he has stashed 25 million but whose counting) and one of whose sons ran a construction outfit responsible for building (infamous) The Wall. No, for Maan readers, it's always Israel.

5 ) Mel / USA
16/12/2012 18:27
#4:Bobbie!Yes!We know all that pithy crap!Imperialist corruption is common"trickle off"modus!But,the CORE to all that secondary local,factional,profiteering-in Palestine-is ISRAEL'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION(47-67 to today)willingly using factional "treats"2 DIVIDE. End Israel's(USG)occupation of PALESTINE FIRST!& Israel's control over certain Arab factions, & U limit their corruption. In fact,parasite(Zionist-faction)Israel itself,WOULDN'T exist w/out OUR US taxes--ILLEGALLY"appropriated"for 60yrs!!!

6 ) common / sence
16/12/2012 22:49
@#4 . Your just another idiot spewing hate.

7 ) ian / australia
17/12/2012 23:16
#4 "...after he died (from AIDS, pedophilia)" Robert, Robert, Robert. Is THAT how you're taught to be in "Israel-Gush Etzion" (which of course should be Gush Etzion, Palestine...being in the West Bank)? All twisted and nasty? Robert, get yourself over to Teqoa for some guidance from Rabbi Froman who says you can only partake in the holiness of the land if you are pure...and not by slaughtering a poor heifer or reciting some mumbo jumbo but by loving your Abrahamic brothers and sisters, by

8 ) ian / australia
17/12/2012 23:17
(contd.) makng peace with them, sharing the land and treating them as you would like to be treated yourself! (Jesus said you should love EVERYONE, not just the children of Abraham, but he doesn't live in Teqoa). Rabbi Froman was like a brother to Sheikh Yassin, spiritual founder of Hamas (and martyr assassinated by IDF, may his soul rest in perfect peace). They acknowledged ultimately their G-d was the same and agreed that extremist elements on BOTH sides could destroy everything.

9 ) ian / australia
17/12/2012 23:18
(contd.) Robert. Go. Now. There's not a moment to lose!
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