Olmert: I wanted to fire Zelekha a year ago

PM says intended to give accountant-general the axe "for improper and subversive activity towards his colleagues."

By SHARON WROBEL
December 8, 2006 07:20

 
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Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was planning to fire Accountant-General Yaron Zelekha over improper activity a year ago. "More than a year ago I talked with the Attorney-General Meni Mazuz, and announced that I intended to fire Zelekha, for improper and subversive activity towards his colleagues," Olmert revealed at the annual Editors Press Conference in Tel Aviv on Thursday. The prime minister said that at the time, when he was Finance Minister, he provided Mazuz with a detailed list of Zelekha's alleged misdeeds. Zelekha, in recent weeks, has come under much scrutiny by the Treasury. "The Attorney-General showed understanding," Olmert said, and as it was a time of elections the two agreed that any such step would need to wait until they were over. Following the elections, which Kadima won and put Olmert in the prime minister's seat, he felt that it was not his responsibility but the next finance minister's task to deal with the Zelekha affair, he said.

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