Lapid eyes Finance Ministry as gov't talks near end

March 9, 2013 22:09


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Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid is warming up to the idea of becoming Finance Minister, party sources said on Saturday, a week before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s deadline to form a government.

Lapid and Netanyahu met on Friday, for talks their spokeswomen called “positive, with much progress made,” and on Saturday, in a meeting that was still ongoing.Likud Beytenu and Bayit Yehudi’s negotiating teams also met on Saturday night. The final coalition will most likely be comprised of 23-24 ministers, with twelve from Likud Beytenu, five or six from Yesh Atid, three from the Bayit Yehudi, two from Hatnua and one from Kadima.

It is unlikely that there will be any new ministers from the Likud, and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz is expected to stay in his position, as are Yisrael Beytenu’s Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver,

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