Israel’s government wants to dissolve parliament and hold new elections

Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Jair Lapid at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on July 19, 2022.
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All “attempts to stabilize the coalition” have been “exhausted,” according to Israel. There, the governing coalition decided to dissolve parliament.

Israel’s government wants to dissolve parliament and thus pave the way for new elections. The coalition wants the Knesset to vote on the project next week, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday evening. Until a new government is sworn in, the current foreign minister, Jair Lapid, is to take over the office of prime minister.

All “attempts to stabilize the coalition” had been “exhausted,” it said. The dissolution of the Knesset will lead to Israel’s fifth election in three and a half years. According to an article in the Jerusalem Post, the elections could take place on October 25 at the earliest. Bennett’s governing coalition has been in office for a year and has been shaky for some time.

In April, the multi-party coalition lost its razor-thin majority of 61 out of 120 seats because an MP left the alliance. The opposition around ex-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is demanding Bennett’s resignation.

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