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Yamina MK issues denial after claims he intends to bolt coalition

After opposition sources have been claiming the coalition is about to collapse, possibly due to Yamina MK Nir Orbach’s intention to defect, the latter’s office issues a denial, saying Orbach “does not plan on holding a press conference.”

Orbach leaving the coalition would mean there are 61 lawmakers in favor of dissolving the Knesset and going to new elections.

Rumors have been swirling after the coalition failed to thwart opposition-backed bills hiking the minimum wage from passing, even though senior government officials vowed not to let them pass.

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