In an interview with Kol B’rama, Shas MK Rav Chaim Amsellem speaks of the tensions between him and HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita. Just recently Amsellem was summoned before the Moetzas Gedolei HaTorah of the party to explain a number of his controversial statements regarding giyur and other halachic issues that are not in line with the Rabbonim Shlita.
The rav indicated that even if requested to return his mandate to the party, he will not. Yossi Mimran, the interviewer, asked regarding the document signed by all Shas MKs, promising to return the mandate and step down if asked to do so by the rabbonim. He indicated that his rav, HaRav Meir Mazuz, has instructed him not to return his mandate.
In any event, the rav denies any such situation, explaining rumors that the Shas council wishes to oust him are not based in fact.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)