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Israel foreign minister quits over financial scandal

Israel foreign minister quits over financial scandal
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Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned, bowing to pressure over charges of fraud and breach of trust.

He has been linked to a financial scandal dating back more than a decade.

Lieberman denied any wrongdoing and said he would fight the charges.

“From 1996 until today, there wasn’t a day when I wasn’t investigated, a suspect or an intelligence target. There was always an ongoing investigation,” he said.

Prosecutors have accused Lieberman of receiving millions of dollars through illegal business deals, allegedly parking the money in Eastern Europe.

His resignation comes five weeks before the general election which his ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party – a coalition partner of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to win.