Israel to hold snap elections as coalition talks break down

May 30, 2019, 2:15 AM EDT
Israel's Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu failed to  bridge the gap between ultra-Orthodox and secular constituents of his right-wing block.
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Israel will hold fresh elections on September 17 after Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government following polls last month. Israel’s parliament voted 74-45 in favour of dissolving itself after a military conscription bill proved to be a sticking point in the formation of a right-wing coalition despite weeks of negotiations.

Netanyahu’s attempt to bridge the gap between ultra-Orthodox and secular constituents of his right-wing block went in vain, making him the first prime minister-designate in the country’s history to have failed in cobbling up a coalition, notes the BBC.

With the parliamentary vote that triggered fresh elections, Netanyahu has avoided the prospects of President Reuven Rivlin inviting another leader to form the government – a move criticized by Opposition leader Benny Gantz, who said new elections would be a waste of Israel’s financial resources, writes Al Jazeera.

 

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