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Yamina leadership said to agree Shaked will take over if Bennett quits politics

Matan Kahana in the Knesset alongside Yamina colleagues Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked (Danny Shem-Tov)
Matan Kahana in the Knesset alongside Yamina colleagues Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked (Danny Shem-Tov)

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked will take over the Yamina party if Prime Minister Naftali Bennett decides to take a break from politics after handing over the premiership to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid later this week, the Kipa news site reports.

The decision is made during a meeting Bennett and Shaked held with Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana.

There has been reports last week that Bennett would hand the keys to Kahana if he quit, as the latter has been one of the prime minister’s closest allies over the past year. Shaked is Bennett’s longterm political partner, but she is believed to have had a difficult time swallowing the unity government.

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