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Yitzhak Vaknin
Date of birth 12 May 1958 (1958-05-12) (age 51)
Place of birth Israel
Knessets 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th
Party Shas

Yitzhak Vaknin (Hebrew: יצחק וקנין‎, born 12 May 1958) is an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for Shas

Biography

Between 1982 and 1987 Vaknin served as secretary of the Gornot HaGalil communal settlement. In 1988 he became chairman of the committee of Ya'ara, a position he held until 1996. Between 1988 and 1993 he also served as secretary of Ma'ale Yosef Regional Council, and from 1993 until 1996 as the head of its religious council.

He was first elected to the Knesset in 1996. He retained his seat in the 1999 elections, and was appointed Deputy Minister of Communications on 5 August 1999, a role he held until 11 July 2000, when Shas resigned from the government. After Ariel Sharon formed a new government, Vaknin was appointed Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare on 2 May 2001. He left the position on 20 May 2002, but returned to it on 3 June.

He retained his seat again in the 2003, 2006 and 2009 elections.

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