Deputy Knesset speaker, an opposition MK, backs decision to scrap 1st vote

Deputy Knesset Speaker Mansour Abbas (Joint List) backs up Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin’s decision to cancel the first vote on the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the submarines affair.

Abbas was chairing the first vote, which passed 25-23 but was later disqualified on technical grounds by Levin, who said coalition lawmakers thought the vote would be by roll call and therefore did not partake in the electronic vote called by Abbas.

In a joint statement, Levin and Abbas say: “It was correct to cancel the outcome of the first vote.”

Mansour Abbas of the Ra’am party holds a press conference after a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on April 16, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)