A-G opposes URP request to change list after Ben-Ari ban

According to the Attorney-General, while some may argue that the law should be changed, it currently does not allow for the list to be rearranged.

March 20, 2019 17:26
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A-G opposes URP request to change list after Ben-Ari ban

Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit recommended on February 28 that Netanyahu be indicted, pending a hearing. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit recommended that the Central Elections Committee reject a request from the Union of Right-Wing Parties (URP) to change the order of its list, after the High Court of Justice disqualified candidate Michael Ben-Ari.

URP is made up of three parties, and Ben-Ari is from Otzma Yehudit. The bloc asked that Itamar Ben-Gvir, also of Otzma, be moved up from seventh to fifth place, where Ben-Ari was posted.

Mandelblit said that “despite the understandable desire of the list to ensure representation in a way that fits the agreements between the parties that make it up, in light of the instructions of the law…the request should be denied,” a Justice Ministry spokeswoman explained.

According to the attorney-general, while some may argue that the law should be changed, it currently does not allow for the list to be rearranged.

Justice Hanan Melcer has yet to make a ruling on the matter, after weighing Mandelblit's and Otzma's responses.

According to current election laws, the deadline has already passed for parties to submit their lists for the Knesset, and the Central Elections Committee does not have the authority to change the order of lists.

Ben-Gvir said: “I understand that the attorney-general and state attorney are doing whatever they can to prevent Otzma from bringing representatives into the Knesset, but we have news for them: After voters flock to URP, I will get into the Knesset even if I was in 10th place and not just seventh, and I will lead the necessary change in the legal world. Mandelblit is afraid of Ben-Gvir.”

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