New MK to be sworn in despite legal challenge

Druse activist Shakib Shanan will be sworn in to the Knesset on Wednesday after Knesset legal authorities ruled Tuesday that he was not subject to legal regulations that would have prevented him from becoming an MK.
Shanan will take the place of Homeland Security Minister Matan Vilna'i, who resigned from the Knesset Sunday night. He was the next name on Labor's list but he was legally permitted to choose between entering Labor or the Independence faction and he chose the latter.
The legal question centered on the high-ranking post Shanan had in the northern branch of the Social Welfare Ministry. Knesset legal adviser Eyal Yinon was asked whether that post legally required Shanan to renounce his Knesset candidacy when he received it.
After consulting with the ministry's human resources department, Yinon ruled that Shanan's post there was not high enough to cause him a problem. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin informed a relieved Shanan of the decision Tuesday morning.
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