Wednesday, July 30, 2008
JPOST: PM announces he will resign after Kadima elects new leader
REPORT: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held a special press conference on Wednesday at 8 p.m. where he announced he will not run in the Kadima primary scheduled to take place in September.
Olmert said he would resign from office upon selection of a successor, and would allow his successor to attempt to form a coalition.
The premier lashed out at his political adversaries without naming any of them - either from Kadima or other parties - personally.
Olmert opened his speech by expressing his pride to be a citizen of Israel: "As a citizen in a democracy I have always believed that when a person is elected prime minister in Israel, even those who opposed him in the ballot want him to succeed.