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Israeli foreign minister calls on Olmert to resign

Israeli foreign minister calls on Olmert to resign

Israel's popular foreign minister on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign, the highest-ranking official to call for his ouster in the wake of a harsh report about his performance during last year's war in Lebanon.
"I told him that resignation would be the right thing for him to do," Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told reporters, shortly after a meeting with the prime minister.
Livni said she would remain in government "to ensure that improvements are carried out." Livni, Olmert's biggest rival in the ruling Kadima party, said she believed the party could replace Olmert without bringing down the government.
Her comments signaled that Livni would challenge Olmert for party leadership. "It's not a personal matter between me and the prime minister _ this issue is more important than both of us," Livni said.


Updated : 2021-08-05 19:16 GMT+08:00