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Ultra-Orthodox party risks shakeup as Israel's interior minister investigated

The criminal investigation into Interior Minister Aryeh Deri's finances could send the Shas Party he heads into another battle over its leadership.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) gestures as he speaks to incoming minister Aryeh Deri, party leader of the Ultra-Orthodox Shas party, in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem May 13, 2015. Netanyahu's emerging government scraped by its first parliamentary test on Wednesday, paving the way for the new cabinet to be sworn in after two months of difficult coalition building. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1CSJH

The interrogation under warning of Shas chairman and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on charges of money laundering and tax evasion will have no impact on the government's stability, at least in the short term. On the other hand, it does mean that two of the most senior figures in the government are now suspected of criminal behavior. The other is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Because of their complexity, the investigations into Netanyahu and Deri are expected to last months, if not longer. It is quite conceivable that both will enter the next election cycle under a cloud of suspicion.

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