The High Court of Justice on Monday rejected Yesh Atid's petition to freeze the transitional government's attempt to itself freeze the basic law limiting the number of government ministers to 18 ministers, with the punchline being that the new government will likely be able to increase the number of ministers to 20 by passing a change to the law.
Though technically the decision was an interim decision and the court could still strike down changes to the law in its final decision, the short and rapidly decided decision by Justice Daphna Barak-Erez implied that she saw little possibility of the court intervening in a more clearly legislative matter.The decision could put a stake in the heart of Yesh Atid's attempt to salvage one of the major reforms it pushed through the last Knesset in limiting the number of ministers.
It also appeared to adopt the state's opinion that regardless of the background and motivations, how many ministers a given government should have was firmly more of a Knesset decision than a court decision.
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