Dear Friends of CECI,
Today, the Kadima Party, headed by MK Tzipi Livni, and the Israel Beitainu Party, headed by Minister Avigdor Liberman, decided to join forces in order to promote reform of Israel’s government system.
The intention of Ramon and Lieberman is to confront with government instability and the inability of the government to make decisions in the existing parliamentary system. The goal is to formulate a proposal law that, on one hand, will give the Prime Minister presidential responsibilities that will strengthen him in front of the Knesset factions, while at the same time, keep the power of the Knesset as the supervising authority of the government.
CECI has been working hard as a catalyst “behind the scenes” to guide governmental leaders to a better understanding about the problem of government instability and the importance of securing electoral reform. “The Economic Forum for Government Stability”, created by CECI, has held various meetings with Ministers and Members of the Parliament, among them MK Tzipi Livni. MK Livni has expressed her intention to make electoral reform a priority and to lead Knesset members toward political unity which will encourage them to adopt a new system of government. Additionally, the Forum has had continuous discussions with Likud Party members in order to lay the groundwork for a proposal that will be accepted by enough members to make a majority.
Below, please find a press article from Maariv Newspaper illuminating the “fruits” of CECI’s efforts. We are happy and proud to share this important news.
Lieberman and Livni Join Forces to Change Government System
Israel Beitainu and the Kadima Party are collaborating to promote a governmental revolution. Both parties have agreed to formulate an initiative that will strengthen the position of Prime Minister and increase governmentstability.
Mia Bengal & Mairav David | 6/10/2009
Earlier this week, Foreign Minister and Chairman of Israel Beitainu Party, Avigdor Lieberman, met with the Chairman of Kadima Council, Haim Ramon, who was sent on behalf of Party Chairman Tzipi Livni.
Both agreed that Israel Beitainu and Kadima Parties will work together towards electoral reform with the beginning of the new Knesset’s winter session after the holidays. They will try to engage the help of Ministers and Knesset members from other factions, including Labor and Likud.
The goal is to create an electoral reform bill in the current term of the Knesset and recruit a majority of 61 MK to vote in favor of it.
This “goal” has a better chance than ever before. Kadima is the largest faction in the Knesset (28 seats) and together with Israel Beitainu (15 seats), they have a total of 43 Knesset members to support the proposal.
Lieberman, Livni, and Ramon intend to work with the members of the Labor Party (13 seats) and the Likud to enlist their support of this initiative. If they succeed, the target of 61 Knesset members is possible.
During the last election campaign, both Kadima and Israel Beitainu emphasized “changing the system of government” as their platform. Though they have collaborated in the past when both were partners in the coalition, now their cooperation is even more meaningful because Israel Beitainu is in the Coalition, but Kadima is the largest opposition party.
“We agreed that the current system is bankrupt and causes instability,” said Ramon. “We will formulate a joint bill and will recruit members from the Labor and Likud Party.
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