Olmert Pact Saves Israeli Parliament

Deal means PM will face leadership challenge this fall
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 5:38 AM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks at a conference in Beit Yehoshoua, northern Israel on Wednesday June 18, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Ehud Olmert narrowly averted the collapse of the Israeli government today by pledging that his party would hold a leadership election by late September, Haaretz reports. In exchange, Labor Party withdrew its support for a motion of non-confidence. Olmert is facing investigation in connection with $150,000 he took from an American financier before becoming prime minister.