(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Efforts by lawmakers to dissolve the Knesset and call new
elections Wednesday night ran out of steam amid a slew of political
schemes and machinations that saw MKs head home in the evening,
dash back for a possible vote before midnight, and then go home
again when the voting was postponed to Thursday, Trend reports citing
of Israel .
The final readings of the vote to disperse the Knesset and call
new elections were rescheduled for Thursday morning at the earliest
— extending a process that has become increasingly chaotic since
MKs overwhelmingly approved the preliminary legislation last
Political haggling over what legislation to pass before the
Knesset is dissolved significantly delayed the process of readying
the dissolution bill in the Knesset House Committee over the course
The coalition's Yisrael Beytenu and Labor parties were adamant
that a law to expedite and streamline the development of a subway
system for central Israel — the so-called Metro Law — be passed
before the Knesset is dissolved.
As the in-fighting stretched into late evening, the opposition,
however, demanded in return for its support that MK Amichai
Chikli's status as a defector be reversed. Chikli, who was elected
to the Knesset as a member of outgoing Prime Minister Naftali
Bennett's Yamina, was ousted by the party for opposing the
coalition, blocking him from running in any existing Knesset
faction in the next election.
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