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Israel is heading for a third election in eleven months after repeated rounds of negotiations failed to yield a coalition government.
In consecutive elections, which took place in April and September, neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party nor the opposition Blue and White alliance managed to secure a majority in a 120-seat Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
September - Blue - White - Alliance - Army
In September, Blue and White alliance, led by former army chief Benny Gantz, got 33 seats, as opposed to 32 seats won by Netanyahu’s Likud party. Both blocs failed to cobble together a 61-seat majority in the Knesset.
The deadline set by President Reuven Rivlin expired at midnight on Wednesday, triggering the third round of elections.
Netanyahu - Night - Knesset - Session - Rivals
Netanyahu, who did not attend last night’s Knesset session, called out his political rivals for forcing a new election.
“In order to prevent this [from] happening again, there is only one thing we must do: win and win big,” he said in a video message posted on social media.
TV - Channel - I24News - Wednesday - Night
Israeli TV channel i24News reported Wednesday night’s Knesset proceedings that led to the new election:
After months of deadlocked talks and the indictment of the prime minister, Israel moved Wednesday to its third election in 12 months, a first in the history of the Jewish state.
MPs - Members - Parliament - Candidate - Capable
MPs [members of parliament] had until 23.59 to find a candidate capable of gaining a majority in the parliament, or Knesset but the deadline passed, meaning parliament dissolves and the country returns to the polls in March.
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