Government okays bill limiting PMs to 8 years, aims for Knesset vote tomorrow

The government okays a law bill limiting prime ministers to eight years in office, aiming to bring it for a Knesset vote tomorrow.

After a ministerial committee greenlighted the legislation last week, government ministers vote again via phone.

The proposed amendment to Israel’s semi-constitutional Basic Laws, put forward by Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, would force a prime minister to step down after eight consecutive years in power, requiring the formation of a new government, though not necessarily new elections.

Even if the eight years weren’t served consecutively, the counter is reset only if the gap between the tenures is more than three years, according to the proposed bill.

The legislation does not apply retroactively, and therefore would not prevent Opposition Leader Netanyahu — who has served 15 years as premier, including 12 consecutively — from running again for office.

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