FEWER FEMALE, LGBT MEMBERS IN NEW KNESSET

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09/20/2019

The 22nd Knesset will have eight new members and nine MKs returning after a hiatus when it is inaugurated on October 3, a final count of 4,440,141 votes indicated. The previous Knesset broke a record for most new MKs, with 49. The new Knesset will have 28 female MKs, one less than the Knesset sworn in in April. The 20th Knesset (2015-2019) reached a record high of 35 women, but had only 28 immediately after the election. And the Knesset will only have four members of the LGBT community – Amir Ohana of Likud, Itzik Shmuly of Labor-Gesher, Eitan Ginzburg of Blue and White, and Democratic Union leader Nitzan Horowitz, returning to the Knesset after four years away. The two members of Blue and White who didn’t make it from the 21st to the 22nd Knesset, Idan Roll and Yorai Lahav Herzanu, are also gay.

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