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Daily Israel Report

Gov't Approves Bill Limiting Ministers to 19

Governance Law would raise minimum threshold for entering Knesset to 4%, pushing out small parties.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/6/2013, 2:47 PM

New Knesset coalition 2013 - 33rd government
New Knesset coalition 2013 - 33rd government
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The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved Monday the so-called "Governance Bill" proposed by MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu), and placed in on a fast track for legislation.

The bill includes several changes in basic laws that would affect the balance between the government and Knesset, and reduce the frequency of no-confidence votes.

One change that the bill includes is the permanent reduction of governments to 19 ministers, including the Prime Minister, and four deputy ministers.

In addition, no-confidence proposals will only be submitted with the signatures of 61 or more MKs, who will also have to agree upon a candidate to form an alternative government. The candidate will receive 21 days to form an alternative government. If he fails, the presiding government will continue in power.

The bill grants the prime minister power to dissolve the Knesset without the agreement of the President of Israel. Only the Knesset will have the power to block its dissolution.

In addition, the minimum threshold for a party to enter the Knesset will be raised from two to four percent of the popular vote. A party that fails to cross the threshold will not receive any funding from state coffers.

This means that the smallest parties in the Knesset will have at least five seats, or possibly four. At present, it is possible for a party to enter the Knesset with just two seats.