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Kahana tells Shaked he’s not splitting from Yamina, but demands right to do so in future

Then-minister of religious affairs Matan Kahana arrives to a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on May 1, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Then-minister of religious affairs Matan Kahana arrives to a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on May 1, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Senior Yamina politician MK Matan Kahana is willing to remain in the party for the time being on condition that he be allowed to split away from the party and receive his election funding allocation sometime in the future, should he so decide.

Kahana, the deputy religious services minister, met today with Yamina’s new leader, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, and stated that he does not intend to break away from the party in the coming days, according to a statement from his office.

Kahana asks Shaked, however, that she guarantee today that he will be able to split away from Yamina by himself and receive the election funds up to the deadline day for submitting party candidate lists to run in the election, which is September 15, according to a political source.

The Yamina party states in response that discussions are ongoing on the issue.

Today at midnight is the deadline for new factions to break away from existing parties and be eligible for election campaign funding, amounting to NIS 1.6 million ($450,000) per sitting MK.

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