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Warnings over harm to Israel's 'democratic system' amid coronavirus crisis

Jerusalem (CNN)Israel's President has warned of possible harm to the country's democracy, after the Speaker of Parliament refused to hold key parliamentary votes. Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who has the power to decide the Knesset's schedule, ended Wednesday's session just a few minutes after it began, making it impossible to form committees to oversee government actions during the coronavirus crisis.Edelstein has also refused to hold a vote to choose a new Speaker of the Knesset, a position he has held since 2013, despite the clear parliamentary majority to replace him."A Knesset that is out of action harms the ability of the State of Israel to function well and responsibly in an emergency," said President Reuven Rivlin in remarks addressed to ...