One of the most contested positions in recent Knesset history changed hands Monday when MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Likud) replaced MK Ophir Akunis (Likud) as chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee.
The switch between the two was originally planned for the beginning of the Winter Session, but was delayed for a number of weeks. In the mean time, Kadima also staked out a claim to the committee, which is responsible for passing a number of the government’s key economic reform plans.
“I intend to work very hard, and I have already seen that the agenda that awaits us is very full,” said Shama-Hacohen after the committee voted officially to appoint him to the position. “The topics that are close to my heart are clear to all – the struggle against the concentration of wealth, increasing gas companies’ payments, addressing the rise in housing costs, and the mandatory insurance for owners of two-wheeled vehicles.”
Shama-Hacohen is considered to be more of an economic populist than his predecessor, Akunis, who is one of the MKs closest to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.