Key element of Israeli judicial reforms passes first vote

THE Israeli parliament approved at its first reading this morning a bill limiting the Supreme Court’s ability to overturn laws it deems unconstitutional – a key element of a judicial reform package that has fuelled weeks of protests.  

The text was adopted just before 3am (0100 GMT) by a vote of 61 to 52, though it will still need to be approved at second and third readings before becoming law.