Rivlin: Knesset must adapt to small opposition

May 21, 2012 18:20


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Changes will be made to Knesset regulations, in order to adapt to a smaller opposition, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said on Monday.

“We cannot have only one representative of the opposition on the State Control Committee,” he stated. “We must rearrange the Knesset’s committees to fit the new balance of power between the coalition and opposition in a way that allows the opposition to act in the Knesset.”

Since the national unity coalition was formed two weeks ago, there are only 26 MKs in the opposition. Some committees only have one opposition member, such as the Knesset State Control Committee, of which MK Uri Ariel (National Union) is chairman.

Labor faction chairman Isaac Herzog presented his demands to Rivlin and coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), which included adding opposition MKs to committees, as well as reducing the requisite number of MK signatures to require Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to go to the plenum from 40.

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