- JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli
President Ezer Weizman will step down on July 10, three years before the
end of his term, presidential spokesman Arieh Shumer told public radio
- Weizman, 76, narrowly avoided judicial proceedings Wednesday
on corruption and tax fraud allegations.
- Citing poor health, he has repeatedly said he wanted
to quit before the end of his second term, which expires in 2003.
- He also said he would delay the announcement of his departure
to await the legal outcome of the allegations rather than leave quickly
and give the impression of guilt.
- Investigators concluded after a three-month inquiry that
there was insufficient proof to charge Weizman, but said his behaviour
raised serious moral questions.
- Weizman received half a million dollars in what he described
as presents during the years before he became head of state in 1993, but
did not declare these to the tax authorities.
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