Likud planning to expand Norwegian Law and increase number of politicians in office

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

A plenum session on forming the government in the Knesset on December 29, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A plenum session on forming the government in the Knesset on December 29, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is preparing to advance an expanded version of the so-called Norwegian Law to let up to 10 downlist candidates replace ministers in their Knesset seats.

Inspired by a similar provision in Norway, the current Norwegian Law allows a number of cabinet members from each party within the government resign their Knesset seats while retaining their ministerial posts, and be replaced by the next candidates on their faction’s election rosters.

Last expanded in 2020, the current law states that factions with between four and six MKs can replace up to three ministers, factions with seven to nine can swap out up to four ministers, and factions with at least 10 lawmakers can switch out up to five ministers.

Likud’s plan would keep the limits for smaller factions, but eliminate the five seat cap for factions with more than 18 MKs. Instead, larger parties will be able to replace up to a third of their slate, allowing the 32-seat Likud to be able to bring in 10 new MKs.

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