JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel's Supreme Court has started a two-day hearing on Sunday to determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has any indictment on criminal charges that are not eligible for a major foundation. new coating or not.
A ruling against Netanyahu is likely to trigger a quick election, the fourth since April 2019, as the country struggles with the coronavirus crisis and its economic collapse.
Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement last month to form a united government, under which they will take turns leading Israel after three elections, both of which failed to win.
Under a unified agreement, power for more than a decade and now the head of a caring government, Netanyahu's right-wing will serve as prime minister of a new government for 18 months before handing control over to the center. Gantz.
The treaty has support from a majority in parliament. But some groups, including opposition parties and democratic watchdogs, have filed a petition in Israel's highest court to invalidate the deal and ban Netanyahu from leading the government, citing criminal proceedings. anti-him.
In response to the petition, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit wrote to the court that there was not enough legal grounds to remove Netanyahu.
He described this case as a direct collision between others, between one side as the most basic democratic principle in honor of the will of the majority … (and) on other integrity in the epidemic. public service, especially …
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