Olmert Pact Saves Israeli Parliament

Deal means PM will face leadership challenge this fall
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 5:38 AM CDT
Olmert Pact Saves Israeli Parliament
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks at a conference in Beit Yehoshoua, northern Israel on Wednesday June 18, 2008.   (AP Photo)

Ehud Olmert narrowly averted the collapse of the Israeli government today by pledging that his party would hold a leadership election by late September, Haaretz reports. In exchange, Labor Party withdrew its support for a motion of non-confidence. Olmert is facing investigation in connection with $150,000 he took from an American financier before becoming prime minister. (More Ehud Olmert stories.)

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