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MKs gear up for all-night legislative battle over expanded ‘Norwegian law’

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

From left: Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Interior and Health Minister Aryeh Deri, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Justice Minister Yariv Levin, during the swearing in ceremony of the new Israeli government at the Knesset in Jeruslaem, on December 29, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
From left: Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Interior and Health Minister Aryeh Deri, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Justice Minister Yariv Levin, during the swearing in ceremony of the new Israeli government at the Knesset in Jeruslaem, on December 29, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Coalition whip Ofir Katz tells his Likud party colleagues to prepare for a long night at the Knesset, as the opposition plans to fight the final two readings of a bill to expand the so-called “Norwegian law.”

If passed, the bill would update Basic Law: The Knesset by enabling more ministers and deputy ministers from large factions to resign, with their positions as MKs taken by members of their parties.

The bill will also create a mechanism for tiny spin-off factions to make use of the clause.

Likud has pushed the provision in order to increase its parliamentary power in the wake of appointing 17 ministers in its 32-MK faction. The new bill allows for large parties of 10 or more MKs to swap out a third of its lawmakers, which would enable Likud to appoint up to 11 new MKs.

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