Ra’am MK said still on fence on whether to support government or abstain

Ra’am MK Saeed al-Harumi is still mulling whether to support the new government or abstain, the Kan public broadcaster reports, adding that lawmakers from Yesh Atid and his Islamist party are pressuring him to back the coalition.

If al-Harumi were to abstain during the swearing-in vote, there would still be enough Knesset members — 60 in favor to 59 opposed — to approve the government. But a vote by al-Harumi against the government could deny it the majority needed to be sworn in, unless some lawmakers from the majority Arab Joint List decide to abstain, rather than oppose the coalition.

Earlier, al-Harumi said that “there will be a government formed today,” although the lawmaker refused to answer questions on how he planned to vote.

Ra’am MK Saeed al-Harumi at the Knesset, June 13, 2021. (Screen grab/Ynet)

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