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Israel presidential candidate quits race after probe

A file picture taken on January 13, 2011 shows at the time Israeli Minister of Trade, Industry and Labor, Benjamin Ben Eliezer delivering a speech during “The Israel Manufacturers Association General MeetingIsraeli presidential candidate Benjamin Ben Eliezer said on Saturday that he was quitting the race three days ahead of the vote after being questioned by police over corruption allegations. Ben Eliezer, 78, is a member of the Labour party, who was a general in the military and later served in several cabinet posts. In his statement, Ben Eliezer denied wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name, explaining he quit the race to prevent delays in electing a new president. “I hope the ‘targeted killing’ I was subject to will be the last affair in this presidential campaign,” he said.

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