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Olmert to quit after primary

September 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Ehud Olmert pledged to immediately resign as Israel's prime minister once his party chooses his successor as leader next week, shooting down speculation that he would try to hold on to his office.

Olmert, who is battling a corruption investigation, announced in July that he would resign after his Kadima party chooses a new leader in Wednesday's primary.

But some thought he was vague about the timing of his exit.

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