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Yamina MK withdraws support for replacing Likud’s Levin as Knesset speaker

Yamina MK Nir Orbach arrives for the swearing-in of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Yamina MK Nir Orbach arrives for the swearing-in of the 24th Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Yamina MK Nir Orbach, who has been openly second-guessing in recent days his initial support for the broad-based coalition agreed to last night, says he is withdrawing his signature from the petition submitted a short time ago to replace Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin of Likud.

The move could leave Levin in his post, and enable him to delay the expected Monday vote on the new government while Likud works to peel away rebels from the new coalition.

At 61 seats, the new coalition can scarcely afford to lose any members.

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