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Ra’am calls for more Arab parties to back new coalition’s bid to oust Levin as speaker

Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am party, arrives to take part in coalition talks, at the Maccabiah Village in Ramat Gan on June 2, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra'am party, arrives to take part in coalition talks, at the Maccabiah Village in Ramat Gan on June 2, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

In an interview with Army Radio, Mansour Abbas of Ra’am calls on fellow Arab party Ta’al to vote with the Lapid-Bennett coalition to oust Yariv Levin of Likud from his position as Knesset speaker.

Unconfirmed reports say other Arab parties that are part of the Joint List alliance are said to be mulling supporting Levin’s ouster, a move that would enable the new government to be sworn in as early as next Monday.

If Levin remains in the speaker’s chair, he can legally delay a vote on the new government for a week or more, giving Likud more time to try to peel away rebels from the right-wing factions of the unity coalition.

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