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Israel - November 2023

Government delays local elections

Amid rising regional conflict, the Israeli government postponed local elections under a state of emergency. Initially scheduled for 31 October, the pivotal local elections, set amidst ongoing judicial and democratic crises, have been pushed to 30 January  2024. A further delay until 27 February 2024 is possible upon Knesset's approval. Later in November, Bezalel Smotrich, leader of the Religious Zionism party, sought an additional postponement due to many of his party's candidates serving in military reserves, impairing their ability to campaign effectively.

Sources: Knesset, The Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel (1), Times of Israel (2)

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Representation -1 Representation  (-1)
Local Democracy

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