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Ra’am demanding party member be tapped as deputy interior minister: report

Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas is demanding that a member of his Islamist party be appointed deputy interior minister, the Haaretz newspaper reports. Abbas reportedly lays out the demand in a meeting with Yamina MK Ayelet Shaked.

Shaked — who is set to be appointed interior minister under the tentative coalition agreements — is strongly opposed to granting the request, according to Haaretz. Yamina leader Naftali Bennett and New Hope chairman Gideon Sa’ar are also leaning against it, though they have yet to make a final decision, the report says.

The so-called “change bloc” will mull over the demand in the coming days.

The parties need Ra’am’s support to form a government that would remove Netanyahu from power.

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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