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The cabinet is expected to approve tomorrow the permanent appointment of Doron Cohen as director general of the Finance Ministry. The government's weekly meeting will be held on Monday rather than today, as is customary, because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still sitting shivah over the death of his father through this evening.

One of the reasons for putting Cohen's appointment to a cabinet vote now is that after the anticipated announcement this week of the dissolution of the government, all new senior government appointments will be frozen.

Cohen has been acting director general of the treasury for about nine months. He replaced Haim Shani, who resigned from the position suddenly last year.

Cohen, 51, was appointed by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz to head the Government Companies Authority in August 2009, a position he has continued to hold in parallel with his new duties in the Finance Ministry. In late March of this year, Cohen asked Steinitz to appoint Lily Ayalon, Senior Deputy Director General, Head of Supervision Division, in the agency, as permanent acting head of the authority.

The four-month election campaign period is expected to bring senior government appointments to a near standstill. If the Knesset votes to dissolve itself on Tuesday, as expected, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein will issue directives on appointments of the outgoing government.