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.
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.