The Ehuds in happier times: Barak’s Labor Party, the second most powerful in the Knesset, is threatening to leave the coalition government. Above: Barak (right) with Olmert.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign or temporarily step down from his post in the midst of investigations into allegedly illegal donations to Olmert’s campaign. Barak threatened to pull the Labor Party out of the coalition government that supports Olmert unless he removes himself from the “day-to-day management of the government.”
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to take a leave of absence or resign as he battles allegations of corruption.
Mr Barak said he would take his Labor Party out of Mr Olmert’s governing coalition if he did not step down.
Mr Olmert denies claims that he took up to $500,000 (£250,000) in bribes or illegal campaign donations.
Mr Olmert, the head of the Kadima Party, says the sums were legal campaign contributions.