Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed a top minister from office Sunday following a Supreme Court ruling against Aryeh Deri’s appointment which has shaken the nascent cabinet.
“It is with a heavy heart, with great sorrow and with an extremely difficult feeling that I am forced to transfer you from your position as a minister in the government,” Prime Minister Netanyahu told Aryeh Deri during a cabinet meeting, according to a statement from the premier’s office.
Leader of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish party Shas, Mr Deri was appointed health and interior minister last month as part of a coalition deal following Israel’s November 1 elections.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Benjamin Netanyahu “must remove Deri from his position” due to a tax evasion conviction last year.
The veteran politician relinquished his parliamentary seat at the time. The judges said Aryeh Deri made it appear as if he had inten
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