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Israel's defense minister said Wednesday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should step down while he defends himself against corruption allegations.

Ehud Barak, who also heads Israel's Labor Party, said Olmert's leadership is compromised by the distraction of a corruption investigation. The prime minister should suspend himself, resign or take a vacation, he said.

Olmert's Kadima Party must then choose a new leader "and with the person that replaces him there, we will consider joining hands," Barak said. Read full article »

CNN's Shira Medding contributed to this report.

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