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Netanyahu to offer Ra’am chief post of deputy Knesset speaker — report

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party plans to offer Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas the position of deputy Knesset speaker, in a bid to win the Islamist party’s support for a bill to hold direct elections for prime minister, the Haaretz daily reports.

The direct vote for premier has been promoted by Netanyahu, though he does not appear to have the support to advance it in the Knesset.

The parliament has four deputy Knesset speakers, a post Abbas held in the 23rd Knesset.

Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra’am party, leads a faction meeting, in the Israeli parliament on April 19, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
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