Top government economist Simhon stepping down

Prof. Avi Simhon, the head of the National Economic Council, is resigning from the post, after more than five years.

Simhon, a macroeconomist who formerly ran for Knesset with Likud, informed Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of his decision on Monday, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office says.

“Prime Minister Bennett thanked Prof. Simhon and wished him much success in the future,” the statement reads.

Avi Simhon, chairman of the National Economic Council, attends a conference of the Israeli newspaper, ‘Makor Rishon” in Jerusalem, December 8, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

He is expected to leave the post in the coming weeks. No replacement is named.

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