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Minister Appoints Six-man Commission to Run Beersheba City

Interior Minister Moshe Shapiro today appointed a six-man commission to run Beersheba until a new municipal government is elected. The move follows a decision by the Interior Minister to dissolve the present town council at the request of Mayor Zev Zarissi.

A crisis arose last year when Liberal Councillor Avraham Fleischer defected from the Mapam-led coalition to join the Mapai opposition while Mapai Councillor David Hacham refused to give his support to the opposition’s move to oust Mayor Zarissi. The town council, which is comprised of civil servants, has been unable to function since the crisis began.