Center-Left leaders praise Liberman's resignation

Heads of Center-Left parties praise Avigdor Liberman's decision to resign from his post as foreign minister.

December 14, 2012 17:41
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Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich

Yacimovich 521. (photo credit: GIDEON MARKOWICZ / FLASH 90)


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Leaders from the Center-Left praised Avigdor Liberman's decision to resign from his post as foreign minister on Friday.

Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich welcomed Liberman's move, saying the indictment had "severely undermined the rule of law and the public's trust in its elected leadership and democracy."

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She said that "he who is indicted cannot serve even one day as a public emissary."

Earlier Thursday, the Labor leader said she would not sit in a government in which anyone under indictment serves, and called on the heads of all political parties to boycott any such potential entity.

She also said that if Liberman did not resign, she would herself "call for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to fire him immediately and put someone else in the second slot in Likud Beytenu."

The Tzipi Livni Party also praised Liberman's resignation, saying he "did the right and proper thing."

"We hope he gets a swift legal process," a statement added.

Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-on, who appealed to the High Court of Justice to force Liberman's resignation, praised him for taking the initiative by resigning and not waiting for a court decision on the matter, Israel Radio reported.

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