Ministers approve bill to change electoral system

October 15, 2006 13:24


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A ministerial committee on legislation approved on Sunday the bill proposed by Israel Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman to change the current electoral system to a presidential system of government. The bill passed by a slim margin of one, with five Kadima ministers voting in favor of the initiative and three Labor ministers and Shas MK Meshulam Nahari voting against. Health Minister Yaakov Ben-Yizri (Gil Pensioners Party), who had voiced his opposition to the bill, absented himself from the voting session as per a prior agreement with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, according to which the Gil Pensioners would not vote against the bill.

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