Palestinian Tibi in Israeli Knesset may become opposition leader

There is important probability to opposition leadership of Palestinian MK Ahmet Tibi after Israeli PM Netanyahu has asked Livni to join the government.

Palestinian Tibi in Israeli Knesset may become opposition leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Arab member of Knesset (parliament), Ahmet Tibi, has more possibility to become a leader of opposition after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked opposition leader Tzipi Livni to join the government, Maan News Agency said.

Livni's center-right Kadima party is the largest in the Knesset. If it were to join Netanyahu's government, three parties with the same number of seats would be left in the opposition: Palestinian parties United Arab List-Ta'al and Hadash, and extreme right National Union, each with four seats.

This parliamentary situation arose due to Knesset rules which stipulate that a member of the largest faction outside the ruling coalition becomes the head of the opposition, Maan said.

MK Ahmad Tibi and MK Ibrahim Sarsur were both suggested as possible candidates, the report said.

The law states that the prime minister must hold a meeting with the opposition leader at least once a month to brief him or her on current affairs.

In addition, the opposition chairperson may speak at the Knesset immediately after the prime minister and is given a special place in state ceremonies attended by the prime minister.
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