Kadima foursome unlikely to be forced out of faction

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz’s attempt to fire four of his MKs is unlikely to be authorized by the Knesset House Committee, Likud and Kadima sources said on Monday.
In a letter to House Committee chairman Yariv Levin (Likud), Mofaz said that MKs Otniel Schneller, Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich, Arieh Bibi and Avraham Duan have left Kadima, based on quotes attributed to the parliamentarians in the press.Mofaz cited in his letter article 61 of the 1994 Knesset Law, which says the committee must investigate whether an MK has actually left his faction or not before authorizing the change.
As such, the House Committee will hold a tribunal in which Kadima will present its claim that the MKs have already quit and each MK can individually argue otherwise. Though the MKs may bring a lawyer to Tuesday’s committee meeting, none planned to do so as of Monday evening.
Should an MK or Kadima disagree with the verdict, they can appeal to the Jerusalem District Court.
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