Israel to hold snap election after Netanyahu coalition talks fail

Knesset votes to dissolve parliament after Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form new government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel’s parliament has voted to dissolve itself after Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government, in a move that will lead to a second round of elections just one month after the country held a national poll.

The Knesset voted just minutes after a midnight deadline to disperse and call new elections, set for 17 September.

Coalition talks stalled after far-right former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, a Netanyahu ally-turned-rival, refused to back the prime minister.

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Netanyahu needed support from Lieberman’s ultranationalist party, Yisrael Beiteinu, for a majority in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.

Earlier this week, the prime minister had pushed for a second round of elections after it appeared he might not be able to assemble a majority coalition by the Wednesday cutoff point.

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