Knesset members to work together on president pick, replacing speaker

Channel 12 news reports that efforts are already underway for a majority of Knesset members who oppose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to work together on a number of initiatives, even without agreeing to form a government.

Chief among these is appointing a new Knesset speaker to replace Likud’s Yariv Levin, laying the groundwork for legislation that will disqualify those under indictment from serving as prime minister.

The MKs will also attempt to come to an agreement on votes for a new president, slated to replace Reuven Rivlin in July. While the role is largely ceremonial, the president is tasked with nominating a party head to form a government after elections, a key position should Israel indeed embark on a fifth election in the summer.