Netanyahu’s new government has cashed in a first victory. Although with a slender majority, 61 votes against 59, the new law adopted by Parliament will allow the premier to appoint more Ministers than previous executives. In the absence of this amendment Netanyahu would be seen forced to appoint 18 ministers in the government at the most, whereas now it will be at least 20. In this way he will be able to better manage a coalition that relies on 30 members of Likud but that, to secure a majority of 61 deputies out of a total of 120, and he will be forced to rely on the support of four other parliamentary lists.
The presentation of the Executive should either take place Thursday or Monday, according to local newspapers. With a slim majority, Prime Minister Netanyahu is walking on a razor’s edge, and is at risk of collapse at the slightest u-turn. The text adopted, however, refers to the application of a law that limits the number to eighteen Ministers (excluding the head of government) with the possibility of voting others without portfolio.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati