Israel has been thrown into political chaos after a cabinet vote appointing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud colleague Ofir Akunis as Minister of Justice. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit immediately rejected the move as illegal for violating the coalition agreement with Blue & White chairman Benny Gantz.
Mandelblit asked the High Court of Justice to issue a temporary injunction suspending the appointment of Akunis. He also asked the court to instruct that an immediate appointment should be made and that it would be unreasonable not to do so. Court President Justice Esther Hayut said that the Attorney General’s opinion on the illegality of Akunis’s appointment was binding.
Gantz had been expecting to be appointed Minister of Justice himself today but the cabinet rejected his candidacy by 17-10. Immediately after this vote Netanyahu asked the cabinet to vote for the Likud’s Ofir Akunis as Minister of Justice, with the appointment confirmed.
Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on April 27, 2021
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