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Lieberman returns as Israeli foreign minister

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Posted on Nov. 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Avigdor Lieberman, left, speaks with Shas legislator Arye Deri before swearing in as Israeli Foreign Minister at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov. 11. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters

Avigdor Lieberman, left, speaks with Shas legislator Arye Deri before swearing in as Israeli Foreign Minister at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov. 11. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman returned to his post a week after being acquitted on a charge of fraud and breach of trust.

Lieberman took the oath in the Knesset on Monday night after his reappointment was approved by the legislative body. On Sunday, the Cabinet approved Lieberman’s reappointment.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ruled Nov. 6 that Lieberman did not unreasonably advance Zeev Ben Aryeh, Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus, to new positions when he was serving previously as foreign minister.

Lieberman had resigned his post last December shortly before he was indicted.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Yisrael Beiteinu party headed by Lieberman are expected to hold separate meetings to discuss ending their formal political alliance, Haaretz reported.

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