Netanyahu formally appointed economy minister as cabinet votes for PM to keep multiple portfolios

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked his cabinet to formally appoint him economy minister Sunday after his three months as acting minister expired.

Netanyahu received the portfolio when Shas leader Arye Deri gave it up in early November. By law, the prime minister automatically receives abdicated portfolios for 90 days.

During that time, Netanyahu intended to reshuffle portfolios inside his Likud faction. But he still had not made up his mind by Sunday, necessitating the cabinet vote.


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