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Ra’am: We’ll pick a side, but won’t abstain, on formation of Bennett government

Officials in Ra’am reportedly indicate the Islamist party won’t abstain in the vote on the establishment of a prospective government led by the right-wing Naftali Bennett, should such a coalition be presented to the Knesset.

“We won’t abstain on the establishment of a Bennett government, we will either support it or oppose it,” a Ra’am official tells Channel 12 on condition of anonymity. The official adds that the party would more readily support a fifth round of elections than abstain on the formation of the next government.

Amid the protracted political crisis, Ra’am’s four seats could tip the balance on whether a government is formed and determine who leads it.

Mansour Abbas, head of the Ra’am party, gives a press statement after meeting with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on April 5, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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