Israel: In midst of serious crisis, Parliament decides to dissolve itself
(MENAFN) The Knesset, Israel's parliament, decided to dissolve itself on Thursday, implying that the Jewish state will have its sixth election since 2019 later this year.
The 92-0 vote terminated Naftali Bennett's premiership, which became one of the country's shortest in history. On June 13, 2021, he was sworn in as Prime Minister for the first time.
Bennett will be replaced as prime minister at midnight by Yair Lapid, the foreign minister and alternate prime minister. Following the voting, the two ruling coalition partners symbolically shifted seats in the Knesset.
The upcoming parliamentary election in Israel has been planned for November 1, a date desired by the government.
Bennett had already declared on Wednesday that he wasn’t going to run for re-election, noting it was “time to step back a little” for him and “look at things from the outside.”
The legislators opted to split last week, but it took some time for the coalition and opposition to decide on a new voting date and the fate of certain critical pieces of legislation.
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