Bat Yam Mayor Lahiani.
(photo credit: YONAH JEREMY BOB)
Mayors indicted on corruption charges will be suspended from office, according
to a bill passed in its first reading by the Knesset on Monday.
bill reflects the balance between integrity, the public’s trust in local
government and democratic direct elections of mayors,” Interior Minister Gideon
The Interior Ministry initiated the bill, which passed in its
first reading with 33 in favor and two opposed, after three mayors were indicted
for corruption this year and then reelected in October.
The High Court
said that the mayors could run again, but that the legality of their terms is
This bill is meant to set a legal standard on the
“The current reality requires a law that will balance the
different values and create more certainty,” Sa’ar explained.
to the proposal a special committee, appointed by the Interior Minister, would
decide whether or not to suspend a mayor or Regional Council
This follows a request from the attorney
Several MKs called for the law to be amended so that indicted
mayors will remain on city council, just as a minister who is indicted can
remain a Knesset member.
Such a change could be made in the Knesset
Interior Committee when the bill is being prepared for its second and third