'Tikva' proposes to strengthen gov't

October 9, 2006 23:43
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knesset 88. (photo credit: )

Yesh Tikva (There is Hope), an organization established after the second Lebanese war, is calling for sweeping reforms of the system of government in order to cope with the severe problems in all walks of life that it maintains were revealed during the fighting, its director-general, Oren Most, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. The movement was initiated by Ichilov Hospital director Prof. Gabi Barabash and Ilan Shiloah of the McCann Erickson advertising agency. According to a draft of the organization's platform, it will advocate measures designed to strengthen the Knesset and the government. For example, under its program, there would be a maximum of 14 cabinet ministers, and half of them would be professionals instead of politicians. The ministers would not be dependent on the confidence of the Knesset and a majority of 66 MKs would be required to bring the government down in a vote of no-confidence, and this only on condition that the majority has agreed on a candidate to replace the incumbent prime minister.

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