Knesset Votes Netanyahu’s Pick for State Comptroller

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
Newly elected State Comptroller Matanyahu Engelman seen during a press conference at the Knesset, on Monday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Knesset has voted in favor of appointing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s candidate for state comptroller, representing a minor political victory for the embattled leader.

The vote passed 67-48 on Monday in favor of Matanyahu Engelman, who currently heads Israel’s Council of Higher Education.

The vote to select a new state comptroller was one of the final acts by the current Knesset, which was elected in April but voted to dissolve itself last week after Netanyahu failed to form a government.

The comptroller is tasked with supervising government policies and operations and reporting on mismanagement. The post is typically filled with former judges; Engelman is the first non-judge to fill the post in decades. He replaces outgoing comptroller Yosef Shapira and will hold office for seven years.