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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Why Shas is still in Olmert's coalition

It's the economy, stupid!

Here's more (Hat Tip: Boker Tov Boulder)
The fund transfer was approved by the committee last week, but immediately after the vote, Committee Chairman Stas Misezhnikov (Yisrael Beiteinu) and Knesset Member Chaim Oron (Meretz) decided on a repeated voting.

On Tuesday, Misezhnikov decided to withdraw his request to hold a repeated voting after Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai promised to increase the budget of his ministry's business tutoring project to NIS 17 million ($4.7 million).

The committee voted on the budgetary transfer as per MK Oron's request and approved it.

Four MKs voted in favor of the fund allocation: Yitzhak Vaknin and Amon Cohen (Shas), Nissan Slomiansky (National Union-National Religious Party) and Elhanan Glazer (Pensioners Party). Oron and MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) voted against it.
I have no idea why Slomiansky (who is in the opposition) voted in favor and why Misezhnikov was apparently absent.

For those wondering NIS 475 million is about $131.5 million these days.


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