Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to rule on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be authorized to form a cabinet after the March parliamentary elections, saying it was \"premature\" to make a ruling before the election.
There is ambiguity about whether the accused political figure can be empowered to form a cabinet after a parliamentary re-election. At the request of some legal experts, the Supreme Court justices began discussions on the matter on 31 December last year.
As for the Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday, Netanyahu's biggest political opponent, Blue and White Party leader Benny Ganz, said via \"Twitter \":\" Netanyahu will be on public trial at the polling station and we will win.\"
Netanyahu became Israel's first serving prime minister to be charged with criminal charges late last year on three counts of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. He applied to parliament for immunity on Monday night. This means that the hearing of the corruption lawsuit will be delayed for several months, as the process will likely not start until after the March elections, when the waiver process is completed.
According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court is widely expected to postpone the ruling. The ruling that Mr Netanyahu has no power to form a cabinet would trigger a major political crisis and heighten tensions between the government and the judiciary.
Israel is scheduled to hold its third parliamentary election in a year on 2 March. Neither the April nor the September elections last year produced a new Government. (Ocean)[ Xinhua News Agency micro - draft].