Olmert favors a non-party presidential candidate

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In light of police recommendations to indict President Moshe Katsav for sexual misconduct and rape, and with rumors of his resignation, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he prefers a non-party presidential candidate for the State.

Speaking with reporters en-route to Moscow, the prime minister said it would not be respectable for him to comment on the issue before Katsav completes his term.

“I do not think that the candidate needs to belong to a party or does he need to be affiliated with a party,” the prime minister said. “I personally prefer that he is not be a member of a party like this or any other, but a national candidate. Therefore, I am not looking at the interest of the parties.”

In her first statement addressing the presidency, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said it would be wrong for Katsav to continue serving in his position.

“The president already announced that he would step down if an indictment is filed, we can wait a few more days, but the situation is not healthy,” said Livni at the opening of the Kadima house in Hadera.

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