Autore Gianfranco Pasquino, Anno 2006, Editore CLUEB. The powers of heads of government. The Prime Ministerial executive and the Israeli feint in a comparative context.
A Government which has resigned or has been brought down by a vote of noconfidence, continues to serve until a new Government is formed, and is then called a transitional Government. The prime minister, or another minister with prime ministerial approval, may appoint deputy ministers, up to a total of six; all must be Knesset members. Like the Knesset, the government usually serves for four years, but its term may be shortened by the resignation or death of the prime minister, or a vote of no-confidence by the Knesset. The position is largely an apolitical ceremonial figurehead role, with the real executive power lying in the hands of the Prime Minister.