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December 10, 2000: Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak resigns.

With his governing coalition on the verge of collapse, Prime Minister Barak submits his resignation to Israeli president Moshe Katsav. The next election, scheduled to take place within 60 days, is to serve as a vote of confidence or no-confidence on Barak and his policies.

NPR Barak Resigns
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NPR reports on the resignation of Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak. The resignation is thought to be a tactical maneuver on Barak's part, which could help clear the way for him to run for reelection. (December 2000)