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Wednesday, 17 August 2022 07:31 GMT

After voting to dissolve parliament, Israel will have its sixth election in four years


(MENAFN) The Israeli parliament decided to dissolve itself, triggering the country's sixth election in less than four years.

Former talk show presenter Yair Lapid, now foreign minister, will take over the Knesset from Naftali Bennett, Israel's shortest-serving prime minister, on Friday shortly after midnight.

The government, a coalition of ideologically varied parties that included an Arab faction, disintegrated barely over a year after it was created, in a historic move that deposed long-term leader Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years in office.

After days of wrangling over a new election date, the resolution to dissolve parliament was carried with 92 votes in favor and none opposed.

It has finally been agreed that Israel will elect its next leader on November 1st.

Mr. Lapid, 58, will be the 14th individual to occupy office in Jerusalem until a new leader is appointed.

He was a key architect of the departing coalition administration, a combination of eight political parties that attempted but failed to find common ground after a protracted period of deadlock.

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