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Israeli FM career hangs in the balance

The decision on whether or not to prosecute Israel's Avigdor Lieberman is expected by the end of next month

AP , Friday 21 Jan 2011

Israeli media are reporting that authorities will decide by the end of February whether to indict the country's foreign minister on corruption charges.

A decision to prosecute Avigdor Lieberman would shake up Israeli politics. Lieberman has said he will resign if indicted. His departure could mean a steep drop in support for his hard-line party, built largely on his personal popularity.

The Israeli papers Haaretz and Maariv reported Friday that an assistant to the attorney general sent a letter to the good-governance group Ometz saying a decision would be made by the end of next month.

The decision follows a decade-old investigation into Lieberman's business dealings, involving suspicions of bribery, breach of trust and other allegations.

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