Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to remain in power despite being indicted in a series of corruption charges.
This is coming amid a political stand-off in Israel following two inconclusive general elections in April and September.
Netanyahu is alleged to have accepted gifts including pink champagne and cigars from wealthy businessmen in return for favours. He is also alleged to have agreed a deal with the publisher of a major newspaper to promote legislation to weaken a rival daily in return for favourable coverage. ts to get more positive press coverage.
Hours after being charged by the attorney general with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, Netanyahu denied all wrongdoing, describing the allegations as a coup attempt against him.
In a 15-minute speech, the Prime Minister railed against his political rivals and state institutions, accusing the police and judiciary of bias.
“I will continue to lead this country, according to the letter of the law,” he said. “I will not allow lies to win.”
Netanyahu is not required to step down from the post of prime minister unless he is convicted, and the entire process of an indictment and trial could take two years.