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UTJ set to end efforts to obstruct change of Knesset speaker, MK says

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

United Torah Judaism (UTJ) lawmaker Moshe Gafni arrives for coalition talks at a hotel in Jerusalem, on November 9, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
United Torah Judaism (UTJ) lawmaker Moshe Gafni arrives for coalition talks at a hotel in Jerusalem, on November 9, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Asked by reporters whether United Torah Judaism would finally lend its support to to a Likud-backed request to swap the current Knesset speaker with an incoming coalition politician, Moshe Gafni says it might be as early as today.

UTJ has held back its seven seats from the 61 signatures required to press for the swap, in a negotiation tactic meant to better its hand in seeking roles in the next government.

UTJ is the only party in the expected coalition that has not yet finalized its portfolios with Likud, although Shas has also yet to ink its deal.

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