Coalition leaders have said that if the bill is approved, Yair Lapid will become prime minister in a caretaker government.
Leaders of Israel’s ruling coalition said they would submit a bill to dissolve parliament.
“After doing all they can to stabilize the coalition, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and … (Foreign Minister) Yar Rapid decided to submit a bill to “dissolve Parliament” “next week”, the two main The alliance partners said in a statement Monday.
They also said that if the bill was approved, Rapid would take over as prime minister in a caretaker government.
Elections in the fall are expected to be Israel’s fifth in three years.
After two years of political stalemate, Rapide and Bennett formed an unlikely coalition in June 2021, ending former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s record-breaking rule.
The governments of right-wing, liberal and Arab parties were fragile from the start.
With a razor-thin parliamentary majority and divisions over major policy issues such as Palestinian statehood, Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and state and religious issues, the eight-sect alliance began to break down when a handful of members abandoned the coalition. The government’s majority in parliament was quickly lost.
The new vote could lay the groundwork for current opposition leader Netanyahu to return to power.
Polls predict that Netanyahu’s hardline Likud will once again be the largest single party. But it is unclear whether he will be able to get the necessary support from most lawmakers to form a new government.
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