Israel on brink of constitutional crisis as parliament speaker blocks vote that could replace him
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said he would continue to block moves in the newly elected parliament to elect a new leader of the body, despite an emergency court ruling that the vote be held by Wednesday.
A narrow majority of the Knesset that was sworn in last week are from parties opposed to Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, of which Edelstein is a member. Sixty-one members of the 120-seat body signed a letter calling for Edelstein to be replaced.
Edelstein, citing the coronavirus crisis and the uncertain chances for Netanyahu rival Benny Gantz to build a governing coalition, had refused to convene the Knesset and allow the vote.
He maintained that it would destroy ongoing negotiations to form a unity government at a time of a national emergency. The court, acting on petitions filed over the weekend by members of the Knesset and pro-democracy groups, said the speaker’s refusal “undercuts the foundations of the democratic process” and ordered the vote to go forward.
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[Source: Washington Post]