Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to prove his innocence after announcing he is to quit within months.
Speaking at a press conference Olmert said:
‘‘I will step aside properly in an honourable and responsible way in the manner in which I have behaved during my tenure. Afterwards I will prove my innocence.’‘
Olmert’s future has been dogged in recent months after a police corruption probe. The Israeli prime minister has denied any wrongdoing, but had announced he would resign if indicted.
Several ministers from Olmert’s Kadima party, including Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, have already launched campaigns for next month’s leadership election.
Olmert will remain caretaker Prime Minister until a new government is formed in September.