Kadima rebel to propose bills via Labor (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV, GIL HOFFMAN 05/31/12)
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Labor will allow rebel Kadima MK Robert Tibayev submit bills under
their allotment, after he was punished on Wednesday by his party for
voting against the coalition.
Labor faction leader Isaac Herzog said on Thursday that Tibayev may
bring bills to a vote under the largest opposition party´s
legislative allotment. Each faction in the Knesset is allowed to
submit a certain amount of bills, depending on the party´s size.
"We will talk to other opposition factions in order to help every MK
that refuses to surrender to the caprices and authority of the
destructive coalition," Herzog said.
Tibayev was punished by Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz after repeatedly
breaking coalition discipline. The Kadima MK is forbidden from
submitting bills via his party for a month, and may not attend
Knesset committee discussions.
On Wednesday, Tibayev voted in favor of a bill by MK Amir Peretz
(Labor) granting minimum wage to IDF soldiers.
Earlier this month, Tibayev, as well as Kadima MKs Yoel Hasson and
Nino Abesadze, voted for a bill proposed by Herzog to criminalize
discrimination against women.
"I cannot change my opinions all at once, just because we suddenly
joined the coalition. This was a good bill that fit Kadima’s agenda,”
Tibayev said at the time.
Many Kadima MKs who are outspoken against discrimination against
women were absent from the vote, Tibayev pointed out.
“I hoped our people would vote in favor of the bill,” he added. “I
did what I thought was right.”
Tibayev was also the only Kadima MK not to vote in favor of joining
the coalition. He, and several other MKs who supported former Kadima
leader Tzipi Livni, are rumored to be planning to break off and form
a new party. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/31/12)
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