Knesset closes summer session with antic-filled all-nighter

The Knesset began its recess early Thursday morning as an opposition filibuster fizzled out after only 19 hours.

The opposition registered over ten days of speeches about amendments they wanted made to a bill allowing prisons to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike and another that would allow a minister or deputy minister from each party to resign from the Knesset so a new MK could take his or her place.

However, the coalition threatened to use article 98 in the Knesset guidelines, which allows it to “establish debate procedure” – meaning decide how long the discussion could be – forcing the opposition to compromise.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Knesset-closes-summer-session-with-lackluster-opposition-filibuster-410631

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