Rivlin may drop out of Knesset speaker race

March 10, 2013 16:31

The knives have come out in the Likud, with MKs ranking high on the party list expressing disappointment Sunday at not receiving ministerial positions, and MK Reuven Rivlin plans to drop out of the race for Knesset Speaker.

Rivlin, who was speaker of the 16th and 18th Knessets, may not run for the position in the 19th Knesset, following a conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who informed Rivlin that he would not back him, according to a Likud source.A Likud Beytenu faction vote on the next Knesset Speaker is likely to take place on Monday, and the result will be brought to the plenum for authorization.

Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein has been campaigning to take Rivlin's place for several months, and expressed confidence Sunday that he has a majority in the faction and would win even if Rivlin stays in the race.

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman supports Edelstein, and with him come ten more votes.

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