Knesset

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HaKnesset
‎הכנסת

الكنيست
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Unicameral
Leadership
Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Likud
since March 30, 2009
Leader of the Opposition Tzipi Livni, Kadima
since March 30, 2009
Members 120
Political groups Kadima
Labour-Meimad
Shas
Likud
Meeting place
Knesset Building (South Side).JPG
Knesset, Jerusalem
Website
www.knesset.gov.il

The Knesset (Hebrew: ‎הכנסת; the gathering[1] or assembly; Arabic: الكنيست) is the legislative branch of the government of Israel. It makes laws, elects the president and prime minister, supervises the work of the government, and has the power to remove the President and the State Comptroller from office and to call new elections. The Knesset has de jure authority to make and change any laws without being overturned. It can pass any law by a simple majority. There are 120 members in the Knesset.

References[change | edit source]

  1. The Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2005