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Sharon Denies Acting Improperly in Prisoner Swap

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon denied allegations Wednesday that he acted improperly in negotiating the release of an Israeli businessman in a landmark prisoner swap with Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas. Sharon dismissed as a “wild attack” a report in the Maariv newspaper that he had failed to disclose business ties dating to the 1970s with the father-in-law of businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum, who was freed by Hizbollah on January 29. Leftist politicians called for the right-wing leader, already under investigation in two corruption scandals, to resign or face an official inquiry. Opposition parties requested a no-confidence vote in parliament, which is expected Monday. Full Story

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