Knesset to get new Ethiopian MK

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
September 13, 2012 22:22

 
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The number of Ethiopian-born members of Knesset will double from one to two on Sunday when Aleli Admasu becomes an MK in place of Minister-without-Portfolio Yossi Peled, who submitted his resignation to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Thursday.

Admasu, who served as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's adviser on the Ethiopian community, was the next name on the Likud list. He will join Kadima's Shlomo Molla as Ethiopian immigrants in the Knesset.

A record third Ethiopian MK is expected to enter the Knesset ahead of the next general election, because Shas MK Haim Amsalem must legally quit in order to run for the next Knesset with another party, as he intends to do. The next name on the Shas list is Ethiopian-born Rabbi Mazor Bahyna, who served in the Knesset from April 2008 to February 2009.

By contrast, the current number of US senators who are African-American is zero.

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