Netanyahu vows to change electoral system

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 6, 2013 02:14

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised the joint Likud-Yisrael Beytenu faction on Tuesday that significant changes would be made to the electoral system at the beginning of his new term.

Stabilizing the electoral system is the primary demand of Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman, as well as a key issue for likely coalition partner Yesh Atid.

In his ceremonial speech to the newly sworn-in Knesset, Netanyahu said it was wonderful that ministers and committee chairmen were able to do their jobs for four years because his last government lasted that long, but that more had to be done to ensure political stability for the future.

“It cannot be that the country facing the most challenges should suffer from instability and a weak electoral system,” Netanyahu said in the speech.

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