Israel's Netanyahu not forced to resign if indicted on corruption charges: minister

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Published 05.08.2017 20:58
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on July 30, 2017. (AFP Photo)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on July 30, 2017. (AFP Photo)

Israel's justice minister said Saturday even if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted on corruption charges he is not compelled to resign.

Ayelet Shaked told Israel's Channel 2 TV that ministers have to, but not necessarily prime ministers. She said coalition partners will have to discuss the ethical ramifications of such a development but it was still premature.

Shaked is the most high-profile official to respond to news that Israeli police suspect Netanyahu of being involved in bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a pair of cases. Netanyahu's former chief of staff and longtime confidante has agreed to turn state witness and testify against his former mentor. This has raised speculation that Netanyahu could be indicted shortly.

Netanyahu has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and calls the accusations a witch hunt.

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