Israeli PM Netanyahu opponents say they have reached coalition deal, paving way to oust him

Israeli PM Netanyahu opponents say they have reached coalition deal, paving way to oust him

 

A new coalition was officially formed Wednesday to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from his long-held post.   

A deal was reached by opposition leader Yair Lapid and coalition partner Naftali Bennett just minutes prior to a midnight deadline that would have forced a fifth election in just two years. 

Under the new coalition, Lapid and Bennett will split the prime minister role in turns, with Bennett set to serve the first two years. 

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Lapid announced on Twitter the coalition had been formally presented to President Reuven Rivlin.

“I pledge that this government will work in the service of all Israeli citizens, those who voted for it and those who did not,” Lapid said. “It will respect its opponents and do everything in its power to unite and connect all parts of Israeli society.”

The agreement is the first-ever coalition deal signed by an Arab party, first reported the Jerusalem Post.

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