The Knesset installed MK Shual Mofaz as Vice Premier Wednesday by a vote of 71 to 23 following an hour-long break, in which the revelation of a secret oral coalition agreement threatened to derail the deal.

Minutes before the Knesset was meant to vote on installing Mofaz as a minister in the new unity government, National Union MK Uri Ariel demanded that any other stipulations to the deal, that may have been reached orally, be clarified, including whether other ministries were offered to Kadima.

Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin suspended the vote, asking the prime minister and any relevant parties to present any such agreements.


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