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Majority of Israelis back ruling against corrupt minister

Majority of Israelis back ruling against corrupt minister

Tel Aviv, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The majority of Israelis supported a court ruling that disqualified the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, Aryeh Deri, from occupying a ministry in the far-right government due to his conviction for tax crimes, an inquiry revealed.

According to a joint survey of the companies iPanel and Midgam, 63 percent supported the sentence and only 27 percent criticized the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice.

An investigation released on television highlighted that 67 percent of those interviewed rejected Deri’s appointment as minister, while 21 percent supported him.

Israel’s Supreme Court of Justice ruled by 10 votes in favor and one against that the Minister of the Interior and Health cannot hold office due to his conviction a year ago for tax crimes.

Deri left the legislature in January of last year as part of a plea agreement, although he later returned to the floor in the elections held in early November. The politician also served 22 months in prison from 2000 to 2002 for accepting bribes while serving as interior minister.

Channel 12 reported that the right-wing alliance now wants to name him president of the Knesset (Parliament) in order to prevent him from losing his seat.

After the court ruling, the opposition in full, demanded the dismissal of the parliamentarian. If he is not dismissed, the Executive will violate the law, which will cause “an unprecedented constitutional crisis,” warned the opposition leader and former prime minister, Yair Lapid.

The Israel Hayom newspaper revealed that the head of government Benjamin Netanyahu will not challenge the ruling.


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