Israel passes 1st reading of Knesset dispersal bill
Israel gears for 5th elections in less than 4 years with passing of dispersal bill in 1st reading
Israeli lawmakers on Tuesday morning passed the first reading of a bill that proposes the dispersal of the 24th Knesset, or parliament, pushing the country into its fifth elections in three and half years.
As 53 deputies voted in favor of the bill in the General Assembly session, no lawmakers voted against it or abstained from voting, according to a statement issued by Knesset.
The final readings of the bill to disperse the Israeli parliament were set for Wednesday.
As the coalition prefers early elections to be held on Nov. 1, the opposition side presses for elections on Oct. 25, according to local media.
On Monday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced their agreement to dissolve the Knesset and hold early elections.
If the Knesset approves the bill in the final readings, Lapid will become the head of a transitional government until a new Cabinet is formed after the elections.
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