Knesset panel takes break before vote on fast-tracking bill for direct elections of PM

Before voting to fast-track a bill to hold direct elections for prime minister, the Knesset Arrangements Committee adjourns for an hour.

“I’m not sure there will be a vote now on the direct elections bill,” Likud MK and committee chairman Miki Zohar says, citing the need for Muslim lawmakers to break the Ramadan fast “and because I want to make sure I can get a majority.”

The Islamist Ra’am party, whose support is needed for the motion to pass, said it hasn’t yet decided how it will vote.

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