Knesset passes controversial 'Norwegian Law'

By JPOST.COM STAFF, GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 30, 2015 03:01

 
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The Knesset Thursday morning passed the controversial Norwegian Law which by a vote of 64-51, which allows a minister or deputy minister from each coalition party to quit the Knesset and return if they leave the cabinet.

The “Norwegian Law,” based on the model of the Scandinavian country’s government, requires each minister to be replaced in the legislature by a candidate from his or her party’s bal - lot. If the minister is fired or resigns, he or she would reclaim a place in the Knesset and the substitute would no longer be a lawmaker.

The bill is meant to increase separation of powers, changing the current situation in which about a third of MKs cannot fully function as parliamentarians, because they are ministers or deputy ministers, and a central part of a lawmaker’s job is to oversee the executive branch of government.

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