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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likely to be ousted by new coalition government

A new government consisting of numerous political parties will replace Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The group will take power away from the PM who served from 1996 until 1999 and from 2006 until today. Opposition parties aim to redirect Israeli politics, as Netanyahu maintained right-wing policies. However, the groups have strongly opposing views and objectives for Israel. Taking on the role of PM is Nationalist Naftali Bennett of the “New Right” party.

He will form a coalition of right-wing, left-wing, centrist, and Arab parties to compose the 120-member Knesset. Centrist Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party will also lead the new government. On Sunday, a special Knesset session will be held to swear in the Bennett-Lapid government. “The unity government is on its way, for the good of the citizens of the State of Israel,” Lapid tweeted.

The Jerusalem Post reports, “Lapid and Bennett met with New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar at Sa’ar’s home in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to settle their final differences before Friday’s deadline for coalition agreements to be submitted. Solutions had been found to disputes between New Hope MK Ze’ev Elkin and MKs further to the Left, they announced afterward.” According to the Post, Netanyahu and his team are not preparing for the transition of power.

ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: TAMPA BAY

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