Ministers to vote today on enlarging cabinet, Zionist Union promises ‘hell’

The cabinet is to vote Sunday and the Knesset Monday on a controversial bill that would enable the next government to have 20 ministers instead of the 18 currently permitted by law and to appoint several deputy ministers.

If passed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin the process of appointing the Likud’s ministers, deputy ministers and Knesset committee chairmen. All of the ministers will have to be appointed by Wednesday, the deadline for swearing in the new cabinet.

Sources close to Netanyahu said Saturday night he still intends to keep the Foreign Ministry for himself, in hopes of expanding the coalition beyond its current 61 MKs by adding either the Zionist Union, Yisrael Beytenu, or fragments of an opposition faction.


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