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Israeli parliament to dissolve, election to be held in April

Israeli parliament to dissolve, election to be held in April

The resignation of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the withdrawal of his party from the governing coalition in mid-November left Netanyahu with just a one-seat majority in the Knesset. Israel will hold a general election on 9 April, a representative of Likud party told Sputnik, adding that the current Knesset convocation would be dissolved by that time. According to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the decision to disband the government was “unanimous”. The announcement came after a meeting of members of the country’s Likud-led ruling coalition. According to Haaretz, the coalition failed to agree on the new law on conscripting yeshiva students. Earlier in the day, the Yesh Atid party refused to vote for the bill. Israeli Defence Minister Lieberman stepped down from his post on 14 November over Netanyahu’s push for a ceasefire with Hamas militants, which wrapped up the latest uptick in violence across the Gaza border. Lieberman, who accused the PM of “surrendering to Hamas terror”,…

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