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Israel heads for unprecedented third election in a year

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Israel heads for unprecedented third election in a year as stalemate continues

Israel’s parliament votes on Wednesday to dissolve itself in a fresh bid to break political deadlock

By Oliver Holmes, Guardian, 11 Dec 2019:

Israel’s parliament has voted to dissolve itself, sending voters to the polls for a third time in 12 months.

Israel is set to hold a third round of elections within 12 months, after a deadline to form a government passed with no politician able to bring together the disparate parties.

A time limit to forge a majority coalition in the country’s parliament, the Knesset, expired at midnight on Wednesday, automatically triggering a fresh national ballot.

By law, the poll cannot be held for three months, extending a political deadlock that has paralysed the country deep into next year. Lawmakers were debating late into the night on holding the vote on 2 March.
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Israel has been gripped by political paralysis for the best part of a year after two inconclusive votes gave neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his rival, Benny Gantz, a clear lead.

Both men have attempted to cobble together a 61-seat majority, while also stalling each other’s plays for power. A final 21-day period in which any parliamentarian could be nominated as prime minister also ended with no frontrunner.

The development is seen as a boon for Netanyahu who had feared a last-minute deal by the opposition would end his decade-long run in power.

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