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Ra’am said given OK to inform Lapid he can declare formation of gov’t if talks continue

The Southern Islamic Movement’s shura council has authorized Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas to agree to allow Yesh Atid chief Yair Lapid to declare before a midnight deadline that he can form a government, Channel 12 news reports.

Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas speaks to reporters on June 2, 2021, three hours before the midnight deadline for Yair Lapid to announce he has mustered a majority government (Channel 12 screenshot)

The network says the green light is on condition of continued negotiations over the so-called Kaminitz Law and unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev.

As far as is known, the Yamina and New Hope parties have yet to formally sign up for the planned government.

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