Lapid says proposal on party splitting is 'unethical'

May 14, 2012 06:51
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Kadima MK Yuval Zellner's proposal for a law that would help prevent MKs from more easily breaking off from their party is unethical, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid charged in comments he wrote on his Facebook page Sunday night.

The proposal, nicknamed the "Confinement Law," would replace the so-called Mofaz Law, which allowed a minimum of seven MKs to break off from their party. As Kadima currently has 28 MKs in the Knesset, the Confinement Law would make it more difficult for dissenting party members to split, thus increasing the stability of the new coalition government that includes Kadima.

"The 'Confinement Law' is an unethical law, designed to eliminate the 'Mofaz Law,' which is no less unethical," Lapid said.

"The aggressive and unscrupulous usage of the law by MKs to prevent political threats from materializing has turned into a true threat to democracy," he continued. "How can you ask the citizens [of Israel] to respect the law, when lawmakers themselves are making a joke out of it?"

"The old politics must go home, and not come back," Lapid said, using terminology to describe Zellner's proposal that he had previously used to describe the coalition deal that at the last minute prevented Yesh Atid from joining the ballot in early elections.

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