Likud Will Try to Rescind New Electoral Reform Law

If returned to power, the Likud will seek to rescind a major electoral reform bill providing for direct election of the prime minister, the party said this week.

Likud Knesset members Eliahu Ben-Elissar and Dan Tichon told reporters their party would try “to persuade the public to renew its confidence in the present electoral system.”

This is the first time Likud officials have publicly declared their party would support revocation of the measure, which was passed by the outgoing Knesset after years of lobbying by pro-reform groups.

The new law is to go into effect after next week’s vote, that is, the elections for the 14th Knesset. It provides that future elections be held on a dual track: The voters will select a prime minister and, separately, a party of their choice.

Almost all Likud members voted against the reform measure, as did many members of smaller parties in the Knesset.

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