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Knesset speaker says vote to replace him will be held next Monday

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy leads a plenum session on November 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy leads a plenum session on November 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy says he’ll convene the plenum next Monday to choose his replacement, after presumed incoming prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bloc gathered enough signatures to force a vote.

In a statement, Levy says the request to select a new speaker is meant “to advance legislation that will allow people convicted [of crimes] and sentenced to conditional prison time to serve as ministers,” in reference to ultra-Orthodox Shas leader Aryeh Deri.

“Despite the incredible pain in knowing that that this is the intention of the emerging coalition, I will act with statesmanship and respect the will of the voter,” Levy adds.

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