MKs delay Mofaz swearing in over technical error (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV, GIL HOFFMAN 05/09/12)
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The Knesset installed MK Shual Mofaz as Vice Premier Wednesday by a
vote of 71 to 23 following an hour-long break, in which the
revelation of a secret oral coalition agreement threatened to derail
Minutes before the Knesset was meant to vote on installing Mofaz as a
minister in the new unity government, National Union MK Uri Ariel
demanded that any other stipulations to the deal, which may have been
reached orally, be clarified, including whether other ministries were
offered to Kadima.
Ariel asked Netanyahu if there was an "appendix" to the coalition
agreement which offered Kadima ministerial positions, suspecting
backroom agreements between the prime minister and Mofaz.
In a letter he sent to Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, Ariel
wrote "Unfortunately, there is a great fear that the coalition
agreement between Kadima and Likud as it was submitted on the Knesset
table does not reveal all the agreements and understandings
concerning appointments that were promised to the [Kadima] faction."
Labor MK Isaac Herzog, speaking just after Ariel, demanded that the
vote be postponed, asking the prime minister directly if any
additional "oral agreements" had been made that were not included in
the written deal.
Netanyahu said such items had been discussed, but nothing was signed,
understanding that only written and signed agreements needed to be
presented at the Knesset on Wednesday.
"In negotiations, there are talks about things that might happen in
the future," Netanyahu said. "They also involved possibility of
Speaking after the vote, Ariel said "It turns out that the prime
minister speaks the truth, and may God bless him."
"I brought this up because I was told, and I know that Kadima was
promised [other] ministries." (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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