Rivlin: Knesset must adapt to small opposition (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 05/21/12)
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Changes will be made to Knesset regulations, in order to adapt to a
smaller opposition, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said on Monday.
“We cannot have only one representative of the opposition on the
State Control Committee,” he stated. “We must rearrange the Knesset’s
committees to fit the new balance of power between the coalition and
opposition in a way that allows the opposition to act in the Knesset.”
Since the national unity coalition was formed two weeks ago, there
are only 26 MKs in the opposition. Some committees only have one
opposition member, such as the Knesset State Control Committee, of
which MK Uri Ariel (National Union) is chairman.
Labor faction chairman Isaac Herzog presented his demands to Rivlin
and coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), which included adding
opposition MKs to committees, as well as reducing from 40 the
requisite number of MK signatures to require Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu to go to the plenum.
Rivlin warned against passing a temporary law that would only apply
to the current Knesset, suggesting instead that a system be put in
place for situations in which the coalition consists of over 40 MKs.
“We have all seen situations in politics in which the wheel turned,
and the ruling party found itself small, divided and in the
opposition,” the Knesset speaker pointed out.
Elkin said the coalition can accept some of the demands, but not
others, and will continue discussing the matter with Herzog next
week. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/21/12)
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