New Israeli government to be sworn in on 13 June

Photo: EPA A view of the Knesset Plenum at the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem, 7 June.

The next Israeli government is set to be sworn in on Sunday after days of negotiations on how to move ahead on forming an eight-way coalition that would unseat PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in more than a decade, news wires reported. The date was announced on Tuesday by Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin.

Members of the new coalition, which will initially be headed by far-right politician Naftali Bennett, had agreed on their partnership last week and had, at one point, been expected to be sworn in this week already. Members of the coalition had reportedly been pushing for a Wednesday ceremony.

The eight members of the new coalition only have the barest of a majority: 61 of 120 Knesset seats. Additionally, they come from a variety of political walks that would not normally align with one another. However, the parties are united in their dislike of Netanyahu, dpa noted.

Should the formation of the new government go ahead, it would be the first Israeli government without Netanyahu in 12 years. However, Netanyahu is trying to see if he can shake loose any coalition member, which would end the political experiment before it can start.

 

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