Justice Rivlin to run for state comptroller

Supreme Court deputy president to contend against Likud-Kadima pick Judge Yosef Shapira to replace Micha Lindenstrauss in July.

February 22, 2012 02:57
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Eliezer Rivlin

Eliezer Rivlin 390. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

Supreme Court Deputy President Eliezer Rivlin plans to run for state comptroller, and was seeking support from MKs on Tuesday.

The Knesset is to elect in the coming months a replacement for State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, who finishes his term in July.

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Earlier this month, Judge Yosef Shapira of the Jerusalem District Court was named as Likud and Kadima leaders’ choice for the comptroller’s job, in an effort to find a consensus figure.

Rivlin has already garnered support from distant relative Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, as well as Likud, Israel Beiteinu, United Torah Judaism, Labor and Hadash lawmakers.

The Supreme Court justice, who is currently abroad, called MKs throughout the day to ask for their votes.

A Knesset source said Rivlin was a better choice for the job, because of his experience as a Supreme Court judge, as opposed to Shapira who has not reached the highest court and was only named for political reasons.

The state comptroller election can take place in the Knesset at any time between April 3 and June 3; a date has not been announced. Candidacy for the position must be submitted in writing to the Knesset Speaker, no less than 10 days before the vote.

Each MK may nominate one candidate. The vote is by secret ballot, and the candidate must be approved by a simple majority.

Days before Shapira’s name was floated, the Knesset Speaker called for the next election for comptroller to be apolitical, in order not to weaken the public’s confidence in the legislature.

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