Israel’s opposition says judicial independence is in peril after the Knesset ratified a law limiting the circumstances in which a prime minister can be removed.
Israel ratifies law limiting conditions for ousting PM
Israel has ratified a law limiting the circumstances in which a prime minister can be removed, despite worries voiced by a government jurist that it might be meant to shield the incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu from any fallout from his corruption trials.
The amended definition for the “incapacity” of national leaders is among legislative measures by the religious-nationalist coalition that have tipped Israel into crisis, with the opposition arguing judicial independence is in peril.
The coalition says the overhaul is aimed at pushing back against Supreme Court over-reach and restoring balance among branches of government.
By a 61-to-47 final vote, the Knesset approved the bill under which prime ministers can be deemed unfit – and compelled to step aside – either if they or three-quarters of cabinet ministers declare them so on physical or psychological grounds.