Eliezer Rivlin 390.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Supreme Court Deputy President Eliezer Rivlin plans to run for state
comptroller, and was seeking support from MKs on Tuesday.
The Knesset is
to elect in the coming months a replacement for State Comptroller Micha
Lindenstrauss, who finishes his term in July.
Earlier this month, Judge
Yosef Shapira of the Jerusalem District Court was named as Likud and Kadima
leaders’ choice for the comptroller’s job, in an effort to find a consensus
Rivlin has already garnered support from distant relative Knesset Speaker Reuven
Rivlin, as well as Likud, Israel Beiteinu,
United Torah Judaism, Labor and Hadash lawmakers.
The Supreme Court
justice, who is currently abroad, called MKs throughout the day to ask for their
A Knesset source said Rivlin was a better choice for the job,
because of his experience as a Supreme Court judge, as opposed to Shapira who
has not reached the highest court and was only named for political
The state comptroller election can take place in the Knesset at
any time between April 3 and June 3; a date has not been announced. Candidacy
for the position must be submitted in writing to the Knesset Speaker, no less
than 10 days before the vote.
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Each MK may nominate one candidate. The
vote is by secret ballot, and the candidate must be approved by a simple
Days before Shapira’s name was floated, the Knesset Speaker
called for the next election for comptroller to be apolitical, in order not to
weaken the public’s confidence in the legislature.
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