Haredim favor Zohar as head of coalition

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 6, 2016 02:17

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to select a new coalition chairman in the upcoming days from among freshman Likud MKs David Bitan, Yoav Kisch and Miki Zohar, sources close to the prime minister said Tuesday.

The race is significant, as whoever wins will enter a high profile yet demanding post.

Success in the job could help the new coalition chairman win one of the few available slots on the Likud list for the next Knesset.

In a coalition of 61, the post is especially sensitive. The coalition has been narrowly defeated on six votes, including a no-confidence motion on Monday, while current coalition chairman Tzachi Hanegbi was abroad.

Hanegbi is expected to be promoted to the cabinet in upcoming days. He is likely to receive the Tourism portfolio that will be vacated by Yariv Levin, who is expected to be appointed as economy minister, a position currently occupied by Netanyahu.

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