Likud Minister Bennie Begin resigns from government

Bennie Begin went from minister without portfolio to MK without any other title Sunday, two days after he tendered a resignation letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without making his actions public.

After Begin’s absence from Sunday’s cabinet meeting caught the notice of members of the press, Cabinet Secretary Avihai Mandelblit released a letter he sent to all ministers stating that Begin resigned on Friday and that the resignation goes into effect 48 hours later.

After Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan was sworn in last Monday, 10 days after the rest of the cabinet, Netanyahu asked heads of other coalition parties to allow the Likud to have 13 ministers instead of the 12 mentioned in coalition agreements, but they would not agree.


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