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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Israel's Ex-Premier Ehud Barak Founds New Party

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7Dnews London

Thu, 27 Jun 2019 11:50 GMT

Former Israeli Premier Ehud Barak, announced the formation of a new political party on Wednesday, 26th June to compete in the September elections and to seek to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "corrupt" rule.

"We are creating a new party to put an end to Netanyahu's power," Barak, 77, told a Tel Aviv news conference, AFP reported.  

I have "never experienced such dark days,” said Barak, denouncing Netanyahu's "corrupt" practices. The party's name would be revealed in two weeks at its official launch, he said.  

A former armed forces Chief of Staff, Barak succeeded Netanyahu as Prime Minister in 1999 and served as his Defence Minister from 2009 to 2013 before retiring from politics.  

"I've known you for 50 years and it's the end of the road for you," said Barak, addressing Netanyahu, whom he once commanded in an elite army unit. 

Netanyahu, 69, is facing possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in the months ahead and is reportedly seeking to introduce legislation that would result in his being granted immunity. 

He is up for re-election on September 17th after failing to form a coalition government following snap polls in April. 


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