Ramon seeking to reinstate direct election for PM

May 16, 2006 13:02

"The law would release political decision makers from dependency on a small group of party members."

Justice Minister Haim Ramon said on Tuesday that he was seeking to reinstate direct election of Israel's prime ministers - as opposed to the current system, whereby the prime minister is the head of party that earns the largest number of votes. Ramon, speaking at the Jerusalem Convention of MQG - The Movement for Quality Government in Israel - said that he planned to present a bill to that effect in the near future. The new law, as Ramon proposed it, would set the primaries under the state's - and not the parties' - supervision. It will also set standards for party membership, will prevent transfer from one party to another for double-voting, and will set one date for primaries for all parties. Ramon added that the law would release members of Knesset and political decision makers from dependency on a small group of party members. In regard to his own party, Kadima, Ramon said that terms in the spirit of this law have already been determined in the party's regulations, and that all of the party's candidates in the Knesset as well as in city councils will be elected in this manner in the future, Israel Radio reported

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