Knesset speaker predicts early elections in 2012 (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By YOEL GOLDMAN 03/23/12)
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Reuven Rivlin cites coalition problems and expected budget crisis as
indicators that the current government will not hold
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party, predicted Thursday that
parliamentary elections will be moved up to the end of this year.
The speaker cited a fractured governing coalition, the upcoming US
elections, as well as an expected upcoming crisis over the budget as
indicators that the current government will not hold until the end of
2013 — when elections are currently scheduled — according to Ynet
Rivlin spoke Thursday to fellow Likud members at party headquarters
in Tel Aviv.
The speaker’s statements came against the backdrop of a Yedioth
Ahronoth article which claimed that Netanyahu was preparing to call
for early elections.
According to the article, the prime minister may seek a consensus at
the start of the Knesset’s summer session in May with respect to
holding elections in September, 2012, more than a year ahead of
schedule. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 03/23/12)
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