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New Mayor of Tel Aviv Gives Up Knesset Seat in Bow to Critics

Ronni Milo, the recently elected mayor of Tel Aviv, has resigned his Knesset seat following strong public criticism of his announced intention to hold on to his position in the legislature.

In a letter to Knesset Speaker Shevach Weiss, Milo confirmed that he had wanted to keep his seat, at least for a few months, in order to fight from within the Knesset for his city’s needs.

His intention had contradicted a promise he made to voters during his campaign that, if he won, he would quit the House and devote himself completely to Tel Aviv’s affairs.

His change of heart also provoked a media outcry. On Tuesday, he wrote to Weiss, saying, “As an elected representative, I bow to the wishes of the majority of the public in my town.”

Succeeding Milo in the Likud Knesset faction will be former Knesset member Ariel Weinstein, a member of the Likud Liberal faction.