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        12/27/2013, Tevet 24, 5774

      Knesset Threshold Figure Could Hold Up Governance Bill

      The proposed raising of the minimum of votes required for a party to qualify for Knesset membership may keep a package of reforms regarding Israel's system of government from coming up at Sunday's meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. The coalition wants to double the current two percent of the vote, while the Hatenua' party of Committee Chairwoman Tzippi Livni thinks a compromise target of 3.25 percent is also too high.

      The package also includes a limit on the number of ministers and deputies, including no ministers without portfolio, and motions of no-confidence in the government would be limited to once a month instead of once a week. Chairman Meir Sheetrit of the Hatenua' Knesset faction said the party would vote against the whole package if comes up for a vote on Sunday. He said Hatenua' was not worried about its own future but of those who would be out under the higher percentage.