In blow to Netanyahu, vote to fast-track bill on direct elections for PM delayed

Likud MK Miki Zohar says he won’t currently move forward with a vote to fast-track a bill to hold direct elections for prime minister, after failing to get a majority for the measure.

The delay is a setback for Netanyahu, hours before his midnight deadline to form a government. The premier has pushed holding direct elections for premier without another parliamentary vote after again failing to secure a majority for his right-wing religious bloc in the March 23 elections.

Zohar’s announcement that he won’t hold the vote came after the Islamist Ra’am party, whose support was needed to approve the fast-track process, came out against doing so.

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