PMO: No vacuum in foreign minister position

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December 14, 2012 18:27

 
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A source at the Prime Minister's office on Friday said that they had so far received no indication of who would be appointed foreign minister following Avigdor Lieberman's resignation, adding that according to Israeli law when a minister resigns their deputy also resigns and the prime minister holds the portfolio.

The official said that there is thus no vacuum in the position, and that Netanyahu is now de-facto foreign minister until he decides to appoint someone else to the position.

The official added that Netanyahu could theoretically keep the position for himself until the elections and the formation of the next government (assuming he forms the coalition) or appoint another person to head the ministry.

The official added that an official announcement on the matter could come on Friday night.

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