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A Prime Minister Resigns

By Michael Freund
4/3/2008, 12:00 AM

He is the Prime Minister of the country, and he is suspected of corruption.

Police believe he took cash in exchange for favors, using his governmental post to line his own pockets.

He has not been charged with any crime - at least not yet - but a cloud of suspicion hangs heavily over his name and his reputation.

Sound familiar? Well, the person in question is actually not Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, but Bertie Ahern, Prime Minister of Ireland.

But there is, however, one major difference between the two: Ahern had the decency to announce his resignation.

Speaking at a surprise press conference on Wednesday morning, Ahern said, "While I will be the first to admit that I've made mistakes in my life and in my career, one mistake I've never made was to enrich myself by misusing the trust of the people. I have never received a corrupt payment and I've never done anything to dishonour any office that I've ever held."

Nonetheless, despite professing his innocence, Ahern decided to fall on his political sword, realizing that his service to his nation could not continue under the circumstances.

Would that our own leaders in Israel would watch and learn from his example.