Israel Beiteinu drops gov't reform bill

Kadima also removes proposal for electoral change from voting lineup.

October 18, 2006 13:07
Israel Beiteinu drops gov't reform bill

lieberman at kotel 298.8. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Israel Beiteinu decided on Wednesday to remove chairman Avigdor Lieberman's proposal for a presidential system of government from the Knesset's voting lineup - 30 minutes before the vote was due to take place. With doubt mounting over whether a majority would vote in favor of the bill, party members decided to leave the subject on the Knesset's agenda but cut it from the list of proposals being voted upon.

  • Burning Issues #5: Should Israel change its system of government? Kadima, too, rescinded its electoral reform proposal, which had also been scheduled for a vote. The controversial bill for changing the system of government, which Lieberman and Kadima MKs proposed earlier this month, was approved by a ministerial committee on Sunday. The bill has been one of several issues raised as Israel Beiteinu has considered joining the coalition. One bill that was expected to pass the Knesset on Wednesday was MK Orit Noked's proposal to reduce the arrangements law.

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