Ra'am party threatening to paralyze coalition


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Ra'am party threatening to paralyze coalition
Abbas: "I want the coalition and the government to endure, but there are things that are important to Ra'am."
Published: FEBRUARY 17, 2022

Mansour Abbas, head of Ra’am (the United Arab List), threatened on Thursday to prevent the passage of term limits for prime ministers and all other key legislation unless his party’s bills move forward. Ra’am has been upset since Sunday, when a bill sponsored by one of its MKs, Imman Khatib Yassein, did not pass in the ministerial committee on legislation, which is chaired by Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

In response, Abbas canceled a tour of the Negev with Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton and Knesset Education Committee chairwoman Sharren Haskel of Sa’ar’s New Hope Party. But the term limit bill threat is more serious because it is New Hope’s flagship legislation, and Sa’ar promised to pass it by the end of the Knesset’s winter session on March 13. The four Ra’am MKs’ boycott of the coalition led to three opposition bills passing in their preliminary readings in the Knesset on Wednesday, and the postponement of voting on sensitive bills to next week.

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