List of candidates for State Comptroller submitted to the Knesset

The candidates are accountant Mataniah Engelman, supported by the coalition, and Maj. Gen. (res) Giora Rom, supported by the opposition.

May 22, 2019 02:25
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Minister Elkin presenting the candidacy of Mataniah Engelman to the Knesset Secretariat.

Minister Elkin presenting the candidacy of Mataniah Engelman to the Knesset Secretariat.. (photo credit: MAARIV)


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The list of candidates for the post of State Comptroller was submitted to the Knesset Secretariat on Monday night.

The State Comptroller is elected by the Knesset via secret ballot to a seven-year term. The responsibilities of the position include inspecting and auditing the executive branch, local authorities and other government bodies.

The list of candidates includes accountant Mataniah Engelman, supported by the coalition, and Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Rom, supported by the opposition.

In a last minute move, the candidacy of attorney Michal Rosenbaum, also supported by coalition parties, was withdrawn leaving Engelman, director-general of the Council for Higher Education and former director-general of Technion, as the sole candidate for the ruling parties.

“In recent days I received a series of requests, which soon became a broad initiative of Knesset members from several factions, to appoint me as the next State Comptroller,” responded attorney Michal Rosenbaum. “Indeed, I seriously considered it, but last night I came to the conclusion that I would not be competing for this important role. I thank all those who have approached me, and reserve the right to take up such a national mission in the future.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to Rosenbaum for her agreeing to drop out.

Rom, a former Israeli Air Force pilot, has served as the head of the Israel National Road Safety Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority, as well as the director general of the Jewish Agency.

The current State Comptroller is Yosef Shapira who has held the position since 2012. The elections are scheduled to take place on June 3.

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