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May 11, 2014 10:13 pm

Netanyahu Weighs Bill to Delay Israeli Presidential Election

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Cherie Cullen / WikiCommons.

JNS.orgPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering initiating a bill this week to delay June’s Israeli presidential election by half a year. This would allow time for a comprehensive re-examination of the institution of the presidency.

During the six-month delay, Netanyahu will explore alternatives to the president’s choosing who gets to form the Israeli government after Knesset elections. Netanyahu has begun consultations on the matter with the heads of the parties in his governing coalition, and several options are being considered. One is that the head of the party that receives the most Knesset seats in elections would automatically get to form the government. Another is a return to direct elections for prime minister.

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