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Ra’am MK said threatening not to vote in favor of new government

More drama from the Knesset: There are media reports that Ra’am MK Said al-Harumi is threatening not to vote in favor of the new government.

With the prospective coalition enjoying only a 61-seat majority in the 120-seat Knesset, every vote is crucial today.

Al-Harumi is reportedly citing planned demolitions of illegal Arab structures in the Negev on Wednesday. He is unhappy with the coalition deal’s plans for handling illegal Negev construction and wants a freeze on all demolitions, Channel 12 reports.

According to Kan news, Ra’am chief Mansour Abbas responds that “it will be alright.”

Likud has identified him as a weak link in Ra’am and is putting pressure on him to oppose the new government, according to Ynet, and has offered him various benefits if he does not vote in favor.

Joint List lawmaker Said al-Harumi. (courtesy)

Meanwhile, MK Emilie Moatti of Labor is hospitalized to undergo a spinal tap, but will arrive for the vote while under treatment.

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