Liberman to kill clause that blocks electoral reform

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 10, 2013 15:15

 
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The government Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is working on forming will be the first since 1974 that will not give automatic veto power to the parties in the coalition on changes in the Basic Laws that are the fore-runner to a potential constitution, a source close to Netanyahu's No. 2 in Likud Beytenu, Avigdor Liberman revealed Sunday.

The veto power clause has prevented electoral reforms from being made despite many efforts over the past decade. Even when as many as 80 Knesset members supported potential changes in the electoral system, they were blocked by Shas or United Torah Judaism.

At a Knesset press conference with the heads of pro-electoral reform organizations on Sunday, Liberman said he would try to reach a consensus on electoral reforms with all the parties that are interested in joining the coalition. But he acknowledged that the haredi parties might not go along with his plan to pass key electoral reforms in the Knesset's first month.

"Most parties support such changes, but we cannot force our will on everyone," Liberman said.

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