Israel FM Avigdor Lieberman resigns

AFP , Friday 14 Dec 2012

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is seen during a convention of his Yisrael Beiteinu party in Jerusalem, in this April 13, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Friday, a day after he was charged with breach of trust and five weeks ahead of general elections.

"I am not legally bound to submit my resignation... but I have decided to step down from my duties as foreign minister and deputy premier," the controversial ultra-nationalist leader said in a statement.

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