Two weeks following national elections, the 20th Knesset is sworn in, on Tuesday afternoon 11 Nissan. There are 39 new Members of Knesset, of which 11 are in the Likud party. There are 29 women in the 120-seat Knesset, a new record, along with a brother and sister, Jackie Levi from Likud and Orli Abekasis-Levi from Yisrael Beitenu. There are 13 chareidim as compared to 18 in the outgoing 19th Knesset.
The special session began at 16:00 in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin, President of the Supreme Court Justice Miriam Naor. The special session will be run by the veteran MK, Amir Peretz, until such time the Knesset Speaker of the 20th Knesset is elected.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)