Netanyahu to back anti-Rivlin bill

October 18, 2010 22:44

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will support a bill that would
require a two-year cooling-off period before a Knesset speaker can be
elected president, a source in the Prime Minister's Office said
Monday, confirming a Channel 2 report.

Netanyahu is angry at MK Reuven Rivlin, who accused him last week of trying to coerce the Knesset to vote on a hefty arrangements bill. Rivlin also upset the prime minister when he opposed a bill requiring a loyalty oath for new immigrants.The anti-Rivlin bill was sponsored by MK Marina Solodkin (Kadima), a Kadima colleague of former Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, an expected challenger against Rivlin for the presidency in 2014.

Solodkin said she did not bring the bill to a vote before, because Itzik opposed it, and now she would not bring it, because Netanyahu supported it.

Rivlin called the bill strange and said he would not give into pressure.

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