Liberman to insist on electoral reform

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 3, 2013 21:20

The key demand for Israel Beytenu in talks with Likud would be changing the electoral system, party leader Avigdor Liberman said Sunday at a press conference at Israel Beytenu's headquarters in Jerusalem's dilapidated Romema neighborhood.

Israel Beytenu will not be holding coalition talks this time, because the party ran together with Likud in the January 22 election. But Liberman said his party would still insist on implementing his party's agenda, starting with electoral reform.

"The current system has resulted in too many parties with too many ideas making it into the Knesset, which makes it hard to find common ground and make real changes that the public wants," Liberman said.

The electoral reforms Liberman said he would push for include automatically making the leader of the largest party prime minister, limiting the cabinet to 18 minsters who would not be Knesset members, and no longer permitting toppling a prime minister by failing to pass the state budget. The electoral threshold would be raised from two to three percent and no-confidence motions, which can now be filed by any opposition faction would require 65 MKs to come to the Knesset floor.


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