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Israel’s Interior Minister Dissolves Beersheba Municipal Council

Moshe Shapiro, acting in his capacity as Interior Minister, decided today to dissolve the Beersheba Municipal Council and set up a commission to run the city’s tangled municipal affairs until new elections are held.

A crisis developed when Mayor Zeeb Zarisi, a member of Mapam, lost his majority on the Beersheba Council after the Liberal party member of the Council, Abraham Fleisher, defected to the opposition which includes Mapai. The opposition was unable to form a city government because of a rebellion by David Macham, a Mapai member of the Council. No date has been set for a new election.