Olmert set to step down

JERUSALEM - Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was to hand in his resignation to President Shimon Peres yesterday, Olmert's office said, but the scandal-hit leader could stay in office for weeks or months until a government is formed.

The prime minister, who faces criminal indictment in corruption probes, said earlier at the weekly cabinet session he was stepping down "in accordance with good governance" and history would judge the achievements of his administration. - Reuters