Coalition suffers its first loss

The opposition celebrated its first victory with hugs and shouts of excitement Wednesday, after a bill regarding debt collection passed a preliminary reading by one vote, even though the government did not support it.

The slip-up by the narrow, 61-seat coalition was the result of a trick the opposition played and misunderstandings by two coalition MKs.

MKs Aliza Lavie, Yoel Razbozov and Mickey Levy of Yesh Atid and Nachman Shai, Ksenia Svetlova, Michal Biran, Yossi Yona, Merav Michaeli and Miki Rosenthal of Zionist Union all walked out of the plenum shortly before the vote, giving the opposition’s side the appearance of being fairly empty.


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