PM asks for advancement of MK suspension bill

February 16, 2016 13:23


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) to work towards passing legislation to suspend errant MKs in a vote by 90 of his or her colleague.

Netanyahu called Slomiansky from Berlin after the latter canceled a committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday to work on the bill the prime minister initiated last week.

“In light of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein’s stance that the amendment to Basic Law: Knesset to suspend an MK will not pass as long as he is speaker, Slomiansky decided to delay the discussion of the bill…until the prime minister returns from abroad and the Likud faction reaches a clear stance,” a statement Slomiansky’s office released early Tuesday morning read.

Slomiansky referred to a video released by the Israel Democracy Institute of Edelstein speaking to the think tank’s International Advisory Council, in which he voiced objections to the idea of a bill allowing MKs to vote out their colleagues, and said “it would never be tabled as long as I’m speaker.”

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