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Israel parliament to vote on new gov’t on Sunday

June 8, 2021 at 10:30 am

Israeli Defence Minister and leader of Blue and White party, Benny Gantz (L), speaks to Yamina leader, Naftali Bennett (C), during a special session of the Knesset to elect a new president, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem on June 2, 2021 [RONEN ZVULUN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

Israel’s legislature will vote on Sunday on approving a new government, Reuters reported the speaker of parliament saying today, a move that will unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving leader.

If the coalition of right-wing, left-wing, centrist, and Arab parties wins the vote of confidence, it will be sworn in on the same day, marking the end of Netanyahu’s 12-year run as prime minister and his replacement by nationalist Naftali Bennett.

Last Wednesday, centrist Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid announced that he and Bennett, a former defence minister who heads the far-right Yamina party, had formed a broad governing alliance following an inconclusive 23 March election, Israel’s fourth in two years.

Under their deal, Bennett will serve first as prime minister, followed by Lapid.

Bennett had urged Parliamentary Speaker Yariv Levin, a Netanyahu loyalist, to hold the Knesset vote tomorrow, and called on the prime minister to “let go” and desist from any efforts to persuade members of the new coalition to defect and scupper its inauguration.

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