Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Israel: On Ground Updates - March 31, 2009

Israel: On Ground Updates
Israeli Parliament Approves Netanyahu Government
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

After six-hours of debate, Israel's Parliament finally approves Benjamin Netanyahu's new right-leaning government
Final Vote:

69 to 45 with five abstentions

YNETNews.com has the report and it starts off like this… Following a tumultuous session the Knesset green-lighted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government Tuesday night… The vote tallied 69 Knesset members in favor and 45 Knesset members against. Labor MKs Shelly Yacimovich, Eitan Cabel, Yuli Tamir, Amir Peretz and Ophir Pines-Paz abstained… Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) was the only member of the House not present in the vote… The newly inducted Likud-led government then began its swearing in ceremony, with Netanyahu pledging first among his ministers… “This is a special day for the State of Israel and a very emotional day for me and my family,” said Netanyahu once officially inducted prime minister. “I mostly feel the weight of the responsibility I now shoulder. My fellow ministers and I will do all we can to lead Israel towards a better future.”…
Read the full report at link below…
New government sworn in

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