Israeli ultra-Orthodox party leader resigns over graft | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

Israeli ultra-Orthodox party leader resigns over graft | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

1/23/2022 3:10:00 PM

Israeli ultra-Orthodox party leader resigns over graft | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News

The leader of Israel's largest ultra-Orthodox Jewish party submitted his resignation from parliament Sunday, after reaching a plea deal

Aryeh Deri, who served as ex-premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s interior minister, leads the Shas party, the third-largest bloc in Israel’s fractured parliament with nine of the Knesset’s 120s seats.Last month Deri reached a plea deal with Israel’s attorney general that is set to be validated in court this week, which will see him admit to minor tax offences.

Under the deal, Deri will avoid prison but pay a 180,000 shekel ($57,000) fine and resign from the Knesset.Knesset spokesman Uri Michael told AFP that Deri had submitted a resignation letter to speaker Mickey Levy on Sunday morning and that it would take effect on Tuesday.

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