Ministers Deri, Litzman quit Knesset under ‘Norwegian Law’

Shas leader and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and UTJ’s Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman resign from their parliamentary duties under the so-called Norwegian Law, making way for the entry of fresh lawmakers from the parties to the Knesset.

The moves come a short while after the 24th Knesset is sworn in.

The law allows any MK who is appointed to a cabinet post to resign temporarily from the Knesset, thereby permitting the next candidate on the party’s list to enter parliament in his or her stead. Under the rules, if that minister later resigns from the cabinet, they would automatically return to the Knesset.

Shas party chairman and Interior Affairs Minister, Aryeh Deri, left, speaks with United Torah Judaism party leader, then health minister, Yaakov Litzman in the Knesset, March 4, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)