In Israel, basic law amendment restricting judicial review of ministerial appointments clears preliminary reading

By Carrie Keller-Lynn, 24 February 2023
Flag of Israel (photo credit: jorono via pixabay)
Flag of Israel (photo credit: jorono via pixabay)
The coalition on [22 February] advanced a bill tailored to return Shas leader Aryeh Deri to the cabinet, weeks after the High Court of Justice found his twin appointments as health and interior minister “unreasonable in the extreme” due to past offenses. Initiated by Shas MK Moshe Arbel, the bill eliminates court oversight over ministerial appointments, opening the door for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reappoint Deri, after the court and attorney general forced Netanyahu to fire Deri from his cabinet in January. [...] The bill cleared its preliminary reading 62-53, and will go to the Knesset House Committee for determination on where it will land for further processing, in advance of its next three required readings on the floor. [...] An amendment to the quasi-constitutional Basic Law: The Government, the bill establishes that: “There will be no judicial review by judicial court regarding any matter related to or arising from the appointment of a minister and his removal from office, with the exception of compliance with the eligibility conditions set forth in section 6” in the same law.
Read the full article here: The Times of Israel


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