Mofaz to be officially declared opposition leader (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 03/29/12)
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Shaul Mofaz will officially be declared new opposition leader in a
mid-recess Knesset meeting next Monday.
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin´s office announced on Thursday that 25
MKs signed a letter requesting a plenum meeting. Kadima plans to
officially declare Mofaz as leader during the meeting.
As leader of the largest opposition party, Mofaz is the automatic
choice for opposition leader, unless all of the other opposition
parties agree on an alternative candidate.
As new opposition leader, Shaul Mofaz will be getting quite a few
perks, to which outgoing Kadima leader Tzipi Livni will have to say
Mofaz will have monthly meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu on diplomatic and security matters, give speeches in the
plenum immediately after Netanyahu, and participate in government
ceremonies with the prime minister.
The new opposition leader´s salary will be raised to that of a
government minister. He will also receive a car with a driver, a Shin
Bet (Israel Security Agency) bodyguard, a larger office in the
Knesset with a conference room, a senior advisor and more assistants.
It is not against Knesset regulations for Mofaz to continue to serve
as chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and he has
yet to announce whether he intends to leave the post or not.
Sources in Kadima have given mixed answers as to what Mofaz plans to
do, with some saying the job will go to MK Avi Dichter (Kadima), in
appreciation for his leaving the party leadership race and supporting
Mofaz. Others say Kadima´s new leader will prefer to stay committee
chairman, and use the platform to attack Netanyahu on defense issues.
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