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Cabinet appoints Gantz as justice minister after U-turn by Netanyahu

Government ministers approve Blue and White Benny Gantz’s appointment as justice minister, a day after backing a Likud loyalist for the post despite Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit saying the vote was illegal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted yesterday’s appointment of Likud MK Ofir Akunis was legal, but reversed himself and agreed to appoint Gantz as justice minister before a High Court of Justice hearing on the matter later today.

To protest Gantz’s appointment, Akunis did not take part in the vote.

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