Israeli lawmakers gave their initial approval on Wednesday (June 22) to continue the process of the country’s fifth election in less than four years after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his eight-party coalition was no longer tenable. Lawmakers gave a nod to dissolve parliament.
Israel’s parliament voted unanimously for a snap election in a preliminary reading of a bill that is expected to be finalized next week. Notably, the government bill still needs to pass a committee vote and three more in order to trigger a snap election.
Once the bill is finalized, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, 58, will succeed Bennett as head of a caretaker government. According to Israeli media, new elections could be held in late October or early November if final dissolution legislation is approved.
There is a strong possibility that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who already dominates the campaign, will return.
However, as The Times Of Israel reports, Bennett announced he would vote against a bill barring a lawmaker charged with a serious crime from becoming prime minister.
It is understood that the bill targets Netanyahu, who is on trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, according to the report.
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