Liberman nears reappointment as foreign minister

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet approved the reappointment of Avigdor Liberman as foreign minister.

Following the approval on Sunday, Liberman’s reappointment now goes before the full Knesset, which is set to follow suit. The head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party will be sworn in on Monday.

Liberman was acquitted last week on a charge of fraud and breach of trust, clearing the way for a return to his old post.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ruled Nov. 6 that Liberman did not unreasonably advance Zeev Ben Aryeh, Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus, to new positions.

Liberman had resigned as foreign minister last December, shortly before he was indicted.

He will have to leave his prestigious position as chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

 

 

 

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