Israeli lawmakers approved, Thursday, the dissolution of the Knesset, which opens the way for legislative elections that will be the fifth in the country in 3 and a half years, and was set for November 1.
After a delay of hours, 92 deputies out of 120 voted, Thursday, in favor of dissolving parliament, in a vote that will also allow Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to head the government to replace Naftali Bennett, on Friday.
Bennett… the shortest serving prime minister in Israel
Yair Lapid, Israel’s foreign minister and architect of the outgoing coalition government, will become the country’s interim prime minister after midnight Friday. The 14th man to hold the position, succeeding Naftali Bennett, will be Israel’s shortest serving prime minister.
The government collapsed a little more than a year after it was formed in a historic move that saw longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu ousted after 12 years in power by a coalition of ideologically diverse parties, the first ruling coalition to include an Arab faction.
The move marks an official end to a political experiment in which eight parties from across the Israeli spectrum have tried to find common ground after a prolonged stalemate during which the country held four elections in two years.