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  8/8/2013, Elul 2, 5773

Special Knesset Debate on Law to Restrict Small Parties


The Chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK David Rotem (Likud - Yisrael Beiteinu) announced that they will hold hearings during the Knesset's summer recess. The committee will debate the Governance Bill which would change the voting threshold from 2% to 4%. This would meaning at least 4% of the voting public would be necessary for a party to make it into the Knesset, thus eliminating the smaller 2 or 3 member parties that exist today. In the past the Knesset had a 1% threshold. The bill would also eliminate such positions as Minister Without Portfolio.

The law passed its first reading last week, the day before the Knesset summer recess. It caused considerable unrest among the Members of Knesset against the bill.