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Friday, 01 July 2022 01:20 GMT

Israeli government dismisses parliament, organizes elections for fifth time in 3 years


(MENAFN) The shaky coalition government in Israel agreed on Monday to dissolve parliament and hold a fresh election, the country's sixth in three years.

The election, which is scheduled for this fall, might result in the restoration of a nationalist religious administration led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or in another period of political deadlock. The last four elections, which centered on Netanyahu's ability to lead while facing corruption allegations, finished in a tie.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated in a nationally broadcast news conference that dissolving the cabinet was not easy, but it was "the right decision for Israel."

The unstable coalition government, which comprises parties from across the political scale, lost its majority early this year and has recently faced rebellions from several legislators.

In an arrangement made jointly, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid would take over from Bennett on a temporary basis.

Bennett outlined a number of achievements and pledged "orderly" transition.

Bennett was complimented by Lapid for putting the country ahead of his own interests.

“Even if we’re going to elections in a few months, our challenges as a state cannot wait,” Lapid claimed.

After four consecutive inconclusive elections, Bennett created the eight-party coalition in June 2021.

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