An NGO on Sunday petitioned to the High Court of Justice to disqualify MK Tzahi Hanegbi's (Likud) recent appointment as deputy foreign minister.

The Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel noted that Hanegbi had been convicted of perjury with a finding of moral turpitude regarding a letter under oath that he submitted to the Central Elections Commission regarding certain political appointments and should be prevented from taking the post.

Formally, the law only disqualifies a current deputy minister from continuing on in his post if a finding or moral turpitude is made against him.

But the NGO said the same should apply to prevent someone like Hanegbi from becoming a deputy minister in the first place.

The post of deputy foreign minister opened up after outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin was tapped to co-chair the Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee with MK Yariv Levin (Likud.)

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