What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Israeli National Election [Foreign...

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On March 2, 2020, Israel is going to go through its third national election in 11 months, with the first taking place on April 9, 2019, and the second on September 17, 2019. The current (22nd) Knesset (Israel’s parliament) was sworn in on October 3, 2019. No Knesset Member was successful in forming a government following the first two elections. Therefore, the 34th Government, which was sworn in on May 14, 2015, continues to serve beyond its term of office as an interim government, subject to changes to ministerial portfolios made by the Prime Minister.

The Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series of classes is designed to shed light on some of the foreign and comparative law issues researched by the foreign law experts at the Law Library of Congress. This entry in the series will address general principles of the Israeli government system, rules governing national election, the method of distribution of Knesset seats, government formation procedures, prime-ministerial qualifications and term limits, and the legal implications of a Knesset Member’s indictment and immunity status on presidential discretion in assignment of government formation. Topics may be adjusted as warranted to address ongoing developments.

NOTE: YOU MUST PREPARE YOUR COMPUTER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WEBINAR. To view the program, you will be using WebEx software, via: installing a plugin, installing a desktop application, or using their “temporary file solution.” If you have the administrator rights to your computer, you may choose to install a plugin in advance. If you cannot or do not want to install the plugin, you will be directed to the temporary file solution when you click on the link for the webinar. This will allow you to download a file. You will then double click the file that you downloaded in order to join the webinar. A page with information to set up your computer is here:

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