Labor to submit bill blocking those under indictment from presidency

Labor leader Merav Michaeli announces her party will submit a bill to block a person who is under criminal indictment from becoming president.

Michaeli, at a party faction meeting, says the proposed legislation will be filed today.

The bill aims to block Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on trial for alleged corruption, from possibly seeking the largely ceremonial role, which will be vacated by President Reuven Rivlin this summer.

Recent reports have claimed Netanyahu’s office is considering presenting him as a candidate for president, though the prime minister is said to be opposed to the move.

Labor head Merav Michaeli celebrates with supporters in Tel Aviv on March 23, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)