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Israel PM looks into forming alternative gov’t with Netanyahu

PM Naftali Bennett’s government lost its parliamentary majority

Abdelraouf Arna'out   | 17.06.2022
Israel PM looks into forming alternative gov’t with Netanyahu

JERUSALEM 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is considering the possibility of forming an alternate government with opposition leader and former premier Benjamin Netanyahu, according to local media on Friday.


Bennett met late Thursday with his political advisers, including Aron Shaviv in the headquarters of the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.


The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) said the meeting discussed the possibility of forming an alternate government between Bennett and Netanyahu.


Bennett's office confirmed the meeting but denied discussing the topic of forming an alternate government.


Bennett's government has lost its parliamentary majority following withdrawals of lawmakers from the coalition that formed the government last year.


Netanyahu, the leader of the right-wing Likud Party, hopes that he could pass a bill to dissolve the Knesset and heads for a new round of elections, but he still has a possibility of forming a government if he secures 61 votes of the 120-member Knesset.


Writing by Ahmed Asmar

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