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On the basis of revelations in a newspaper in December 1999, Attorney General Eliyakim Rubinstein ordered on January 13th. 2000 police investigation against President Ezer Weizman. Weizman was charged with receiving a total of $ 450,000 in personal donations from Monte Carlo-based French Jewish businessman Eduard Seroussi from 1988 until his election as president in 1993. During the investigation, the President had to agree to a restriction of his powers (January 29); Among other things, he was no longer allowed to swear in judges or sign pardon requests. Although the attorney general had the investigation closed again because the incident was statute-barred (May 24), he accused the president of “ethical misconduct” because he had been minister of education from 1986–1990 and had special moral obligations as a member of the government. Under public pressure, Weizman announced his resignation for the summer at the end of May. officially submitted and which took effect 48 hours later according to the usual procedure.

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