03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Israeli President Charged With Rape...Asked To Step Down...

Facing numerous sex crimes charges, including rape, Israeli President Moshe Katsav Wednesday has asked to be temporarily removed from power, according to a Knesset spokeswoman.

Dalia Itzik -- the speaker of Israel's parliament, the Knesset -- received a letter from Katsav informing her of his decision, the spokeswoman said. Under Israeli procedure, Itzik will temporarily take over as president.

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