Israel setting up for new election in the Fall

Former Israeli Finance minister and leader of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid. (Photo: Hadas Parush/ FLASH90)
  • YAIR LAPID TO BECOME ISRAEL’S NEW PRIME MINISTER AFTER JERUSALEM CALLS FOR NEW ELECTIONS
  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid have agreed to disband the current Knesset and head to new elections. A preliminary bill will tentatively be brought during the upcoming parliamentary session on June 27.
  • If the Knesset officially votes to disband, Lapid, who currently serves as foreign minister, will become a transitional prime minister with limited powers until a new government is formed after the elections.
  • This would be the fifth Israeli election cycle in three-and-a-half years with new elections planned for late October, immediately after the High Holidays.
  • The current coalition only has 59 remaining members following resignations by two of its members.
  • Without a majority of 61 members, the coalition can no longer pass laws.
  • Netanyahu, who currently controls a block of 55 Knesset members, may be able to form a new government prior to the final votes to disband parliament and avert new elections if six additional members from the current coalition agree to join a Netanyahu-led government.

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