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Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:48 AM

Netanyahu opposition parties unite to back bill blocking his re-election

Israel's legislature has the unity it needs to prevent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from keeping his job. Knesset member Avigdor Lieberman announced Thursday that his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, will vote to support a bill that would prevent Knesset members who have been indicted for a crime from forming a coalition. This will give the bill majority support, ultimately blocking Netanyahu from forming the coalition he needs to retain his leadership, Haaretz reports.

Israel underwent its third election, but both Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and his top rival Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan party have failed to collect the 61 seats they need to form coalition governments once again. Netanyahu was indicted about a year ago on corruption charges, but easily retained his spot as Likud party head.

Lieberman also said he'd back a second bill introducing term limits for prime ministers something Netanyahu, who is seeking his fifth term, would be subject to.


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