Bill to Temporarily Remove PM

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - On Wednesday, the Knesset (parliament) will vote on new legislation allowing a simple majority of parliamentarians to require a 150-day temporary leave of absence for a prime minister.

During that period, the deputy prime minister would take over. At the end of the leave of absence, legislators would again vote to approve the prime minister's return to office.

"There should be an intermediate stage between a situation in which the Knesset brings down the prime minister and the government together, and one in which it does nothing at all," read a statement by the bill's sponsors, MK Zevulun Orlev (National Union/National Religious Party) and MK Yossi Beilin (Meretz).

"In this bill, the Knesset would be able, by a [simple] majority of 61, to determine a period of temporary reclusion if they determine that he cannot manage state affairs or if he has lost moral authority or national faith," the statement read.

If passed, the new legislation would replace the existing law, which restricts such a decision to the prime minister himself or the attorney general and calls for a 100-day reclusion.

According to the bill's sponsors, the new law would allow the prime minister time to resolve his personal situation, after which he would request permission to return to office.

The bill allows the prime minister to ask that the time be reduced, which must also be approved by 61 MKs.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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