Jerusalem mayor’s choice of woman deputy could mean clash with Orthodox coalition

22.06.2011                      20.Siwan, 5771

Jerusalem:

Jerusalem mayor's choice of woman deputy could mean clash with Orthodox coalition

Mayor Barkat says he would fire any deputy mayor who votes against appointing the female deputy mayor; Haredim have threatened to dismantle the municipal coalition.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is facing a crisis with his Haredi (ultra-Orthodox ) coalition partners because he wants to appoint a female deputy mayor from the secular camp.
Over the last few days, the threats and counter-threats being hurled by both sides have been escalating. According to city council members, Barkat said he would fire any existing deputy mayor who votes against the appointment. The Haredim, for their part, have threatened to dismantle the municipal coalition….