Parliament approves motion to hold new elections in Israel

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The Parliament of Israel passed a motion to hold new elections on March 2, 2020, the third in less than a year, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will resign all of his positions, except the head of government, before 1 from January.

The parliamentarians passed a bill for the dissolution of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) after Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz failed to reach an agreement for the formation of government.

The Knesset also approved that the elections take place on a Monday and not a Tuesday as before and a special budget increase so that the parties can face this new voting.

During the session of the Knesset, the center of all the attacks was Netanyahu, who according to all the specialists and the majority of the polls find him as "main accused" for not avoiding the elections, not taking a step to the side and allow another Likud candidate to form a government, the AJN agency said.

Netanyahu announced Thursday that he will resign all ministerial positions before January 1, 2020, although he clarified that he did not serve as prime minister.

Netanyahu, which currently has Health, Social Welfare, Agriculture and Diaspora Affairs portfolios, is expected to appoint ministers to take over the posts, according to AJN.

The measure comes three weeks after the prime minister was accused of bribery, fraud and abuse of trust in three cases of corruption in which he is accused of exchanging legislative or regulatory favors in exchange for gifts or favorable media coverage.



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