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Israeli high court rules PM can fire ministers for political reasons

[JURIST] The Israeli High Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had the right to fire ministers for political reasons if necessary to ensure the government operated effectively. Two National Union ministers, Binyamin Elon and Avigdor Lieberman, had challenged their June dismissal in the days before a key government vote on Sharon's plan to disengage from the Gaza Strip. The court concluded that the prime miniser had power to dismiss minister if they threatened the government or created a risk of a wrong decision for the country. Israel's Haaretz has more.

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