Coalition Chairman Files Bill to Dissolve Knesset (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/02/12)
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Coalition chairman Zeev Elkin (Likud) on Tuesday submitted a bill to
dissolve the Knesset and hold early elections on September 4.
The move comes earlier as expected, as senior sources in the Likud
had reported Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would officially
announce the move for new elections at a Sunday faction meeting.
Likud, polling far ahead of any other party, wants the elections held
with relative alacrity. The Yisrael Bateinu, Labor, and Shas parties
all agree with the date.
However, newly chosen Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz tried to postpone the
date to October 16 in the hopes of stanching the hemorrhage of voters
the party is experiencing.
Elkin´s bill is expected to be rapidly advanced to the Knesset House
Committee for approval before being returned to the plenum for second
If an absolute majority of Knesset members (61) would support the
proposal, the Knesset will be dissolved and an election recess will
According to polls taken Monday, the Likud under Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu would received 31 seats if elections were held
today, four more than now, and would form the next coalition
As in previous polls, Kadima would collapse, from its current 28
seats to 10.
The Dahaf poll gives Labor, headed by Knesset Member Shelly
Yechimovich, 17 seats, followed by Yisrael Beiteinu with 13 seats,
two less than now.
Labor had 13 seats in the current Knesset until Barak pulled out last
year, bringing with him four other Knesset Members and leaving Labor
with 8 MKs. Barak´s Independence party has previously failed to poll
well-enough to be be seated should elections be held.
On Teusday, however, Barak´s faction said a recent poll had shown
them with 3 mandates and that they expected to build on that number
before the election.
Yair Lapidís new Future party would be the fourth largest, according
to the Dahaf poll, with 12 seats.
Shas would drop from 11 Knesset Members to eight, but pre-election
polls usually underestimate its strength.
United Torah Judaism would remain with six MKs, and Meretz would gain
one and win four seats. The National Union party is projected to
retain four MKs while the Jewish Home party would drop one seat to
the required minimum of two.
The three predominantly Arab parties would gain one MK, reaching 11.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/02/12)
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