Movement for Quality Government appeals against law easing Knesset defections

The Movement for Quality Government in Israel files a High Court petition against a recently passed amendment that makes it easier for lawmakers to split off from a Knesset faction, a legislative move that was seemingly aimed at former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

“A personal amendment that is meant to split Likud and encourage political defectors is a super-dirty trick, even when the government calls itself a ‘change government,'” the organization writes on Twitter.

Under the amended law, a few as four MKs can now split off from a party as a group without penalty. The previous law imposed sanctions unless at least a third of a Knesset faction’s membership broke ranks, which in Likud’s case would’ve required at least 11 lawmakers.

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