List of 10 candidates announced to replace A-G; Mandelblit and Gristol regarded as front-runners

The Justice Ministry on Thursday announced a list of 10 candidates to replace attorney-general Yehuda Weinstein when he steps down from one of the country’s most powerful positions in January 2016.

The attorney-general’s power derives from the fact that he or she can intercede in almost any government decision, declare an action illegal, and veto candidates for high office (Weinstein recently indirectly ended Gal Hirsch’s push to be the next police chief). The prime minister nearly always falls in line with the decision.

The next attorney-general will be selected from the list by a five-member committee, which held its first meeting on August 26.


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