Israeli Prime Minister Bennett has announced his departure from politics – World – News

The incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will not run for re-election in the upcoming parliamentary elections this autumn. A spokesman said Bennett would leave politics after the election on Wednesday night, AFP reports.

“As Prime Minister, I have sought to take care of all citizens, no matter who they elect,” Bennett said. He did not state the reasons for his announced departure from politics, the DPA agency states.

Bennett will act as his deputy in the interim government led by the current head of diplomacy, Jair Lapid, who will rule until the autumn elections.

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Naftali Bennett, who has led an ideologically diverse coalition of eight parties since June 13, 2021, admitted last week that his government was no longer sustainable. He no longer has a majority in parliament. The governing coalition subsequently said it wanted to swiftly pass a law that would allow new elections. These should take place in late October or early November.

The final vote on the dissolution of the Israeli parliament (Knesset), which will mark the country’s fifth parliamentary election in four years, is scheduled for Thursday. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jair Lapid, who is due to become the new chairman of the interim cabinet, could take office on Friday morning.

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In addition, former Prime Minister and current opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies are negotiating to form a new government within the current parliament, thus avoiding elections.

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