(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Yair Lapid will remain head of his Yesh Atid Party for longer than originally intended due to changes made in the party's bylaws, Yesh Atid officials confirmed Thursday night.
Channel 10's Raviv Drucker reported that Yesh Atid's charter originally said that the party's founding leader would remain in the post for two Knesset terms and then would have to be elected. But Lapid recently changed the bylaws to automatically remain in power for three Knesset terms instead of two.
A Yesh Atid spokesman said in response that the change was made by the party's administration in an organized manner. Asked how many people there were in the party's administration, the spokesman said "about five."
The spokesman said the change was made two years ago. But MKs in the faction said they were unaware of the change.
Lapid's father's party, Shinui, disintegrated after its governing council voted out its number two man who built the party, former interior minister Avraham Poraz. Yesh Atid's bylaws were written in such a way to prevent a similar predicament too early in the party's existence.
Yesh Atid MKs were very critical of steps Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to extend his tenure as head of Likud last month.