Israel’s top court has ruled Benjamin Netanyahu can legally form a government while under criminal indictment for corruption. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment on corruption charges does not disqualify him from forming a government, ruled Israel’s top court on Wednesday.
“We did not find any legal reason to prevent MK (Member of Parliament), Netanyahu, from forming a government,” the court said. However, the legal conclusion does not diminish the severity of the pending charges against Netanyahu for violations of moral integrity and the difficulty derived from the tenure of a prime minister accused of criminal activity, the court’s statement added.
The 11 judges of the top court opined that there was no legal cause to intervene in the coalition agreement between the two parties. Netanyahu was indicted earlier this year on charges of accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust. He, however, denies any wrongdoing.
Israel’s Parliament has also approved amendments to two basic laws by the majority, paving the way for Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a fully functioning unity government for the first time preventing the fourth election.
Netanyahu signed an agreement with Gantz to form a national unity government last month. He will now lead the country for the first 18 months as prime minister after which Gantz would assume power for the next 18 months.