Israel moved towards a new election on Monday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to form a government following a national ballot just last month remained deadlocked, reports Reuters.
In a preliminary vote, parliament decided to dissolve itself. In order to disperse and set an election date, legislators would still have to hold a final vote, likely to take place on Wednesday.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 27, 2019
Netanyahu, who claimed victory on behalf of his right-wing Likud party in an April 9 election, has until 21:00 GMT on Wednesday to put a government together, after being delegated the task by President Reuven Rivlin six weeks ago.
In power for the past decade and facing potential corruption indictments, Netanyahu has struggled to seal an agreement with a clutch of right-wing, far-right and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties that would ensure him a fifth term.
Israel moves toward a new election as Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to form a government remains deadlocked.https://t.co/YV1ZW57lTt
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) May 27, 2019
Divisions between former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman‘s ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party and United Torah Judaism over a military conscription bill governing exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students have plunged the coalition talks into a stalemate.
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