Tuesday 14 March 2023 - 21:25

“Israeli” Knesset Approves Draft Law to Block Removal of PM

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“Israeli” Knesset Approves Draft Law to Block Removal of PM
A special committee in the Knesset had approved the bill earlier on Monday in preparation for putting it to a vote before the Knesset.

The draft amendments to the “Basic Law”: The Government Bill were submitted by the head of the ruling coalition, Likud MK Ofir Katz. It stipulates that the prime minister can only be declared unfit in the case of absence or illness that would prevent him or her from carrying out their duties.

According to the law, the prime minister must declare himself/herself to be incapable or a 75 per cent vote by ministers will suffice. If the prime minister opposes a vote on this in the government, the decision will be transferred to the plenary in the Knesset, where a claim of incapability must be supported by 90 MKs.

The amendment also stipulates that the so-called “High Court” cannot hear a petition demanding that the prime minister be declared unfit or approve it. This is despite the “Israeli” government's judicial advisor, Gali Baharav-Miara, expressing her opposition to preventing the court from having judicial oversight and expressing her legal position in this regard.

The “Israeli” broadcaster, Kan 11, said that the coalition is considering reinforcing the law quickly, and submitting the bill for its second and third readings next week.