Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned after prosecutors decided to charge him with breach of trust. Mr Lieberman has also resigned as Deputy Prime Minister and said he would fight to clear his name of the charges.
The case against him relates to a financial scandal dating back more than a decade. His resignation comes five weeks before Israel’s general election.
He also said he would waive his parliamentary immunity and suggested he hoped to settle the case before the elections, due on 22 January, allowing him to stand as a candidate as planned.
Mr Lieberman is the leader of Yisrael Beitenu, the second largest party in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-led coalition government.