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October 24, 2006

BBC: Moshe Katsav is Israel's first Iranian-born president and the first from the Likud party [Watch video]. His six years in office have been marked by great turmoil and bloodshed in Israel's dealings its Arab neighbours - the second Palestinian intifada erupted two months after he took office. But the presidency is not a position which confers political power on the incumbent and Mr Katsav has confined himself largely to speaking up for the interests of the Jewish state abroad on his many foreign tours - including to former fascist-ruled countries like Austria and Croatia. However, near the end of his seven-year term, he came under intense pressure to resign over the alleged rape and sexual harassment of some of his female co-workers >>>

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