Fraud Scandal Spurs Talks of Election; Finance Minister Takes Leave of Absence
Byline: Joshua Mitnick, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
TEL AVIV - Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson took a leave of absence yesterday in the face of an expected fraud indictment, marking the latest corruption scandal weighing down the Israeli government.
Coupled with public criticism of the handling of last year's war in Lebanon, the controversies surrounding Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his allies have spurred talk of new elections barely a year after the government entered office.
The departure of Mr. Hirchson - a close political ally of Mr. Olmert's - also could spur infighting within the prime minister's party, Kadima, which polls show would lose more than half of its …
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Publication information: Article title: Fraud Scandal Spurs Talks of Election; Finance Minister Takes Leave of Absence. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: April 23, 2007. Page number: A15. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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