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Court gives Knesset early May deadline to name FADC chair
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
10/04/2014
 
The Knesset must appoint a chairperson for its sensitive Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee by May 1, the High Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

In a rare move, the court issued an interim order compelling the parliament to name a chair for the committee after a petition on the matter was filed by the transparency NGO Movement for Quality in Government.

Thus far, the government has been deadlocked in naming a committee head, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu favoring his Likud ally, MK Tzachi Hanegbi, while Finance Minister Yair Lapid insists that a deputy from his Yesh Atid faction, Ofer Shelah, be given the post.

Both sides agreed to a rotation arrangement, though they could not come to agreement on who would take up the position first.
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