Israeli President Takes Leave of Absence Following Rape, Harassment Charges
Israeli President Moshe Katsav announced to parliament this morning that he will take a leave of absence following the attorney general's decision to charge Katsav with rape, harassment, sexual relations involving the abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and illegally accepting gifts. Katsav's decision to take a leave of absence falls short of demands from legislators and the Israeli media to resign, Reuters, , and the Associated Press report.
Under Israeli law, a president, who fills a highly ceremonial role, cannot be put on trial while in office. If indicted, Katsav has indicated that he will resign, Reuters reports.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .