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New Hope submits bill barring person under indictment from from serving as PM

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Members of Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party said Tuesday they had submitted a proposal for a bill that would prevent a person indicted on criminal charges from serving as prime minister.

MK Michal Shir said she submitted the private member’s bill “to rectify the absurd situation” in which an indicted individual can serve as prime minister while being barred from holding other public offices.

The far-reaching proposed bill spearheaded by Shir states that if an individual is indicted while serving as prime minister, they must resign within 30 days.

“It’s not a personal law at all. It is not targeting one person. It is a law to stop an individual’s personal considerations coming into the decision-making process,” Shir told Channel 12 news.

According to the broadcaster, the proposed legislation has the support of all members of the New Hope parliamentary faction.

It was assumed that the bill submitted by New Hope was an attempt to pressure Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s Yamina party to support a future, less extreme version of the legislation.

Some in Bennett’s party........

© The Times of Israel

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