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Israel faces new election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

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Israel faces new election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

Israel faces new election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

Israeli lawmakers voted early Thursday to dissolve parliament and set the country on the path to a second election within months after right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to put together a ruling coalition before a midnight deadline.

Linda So reports.

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Israel faces new election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

Israel is facing a new election after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition.

It's the first time in the country's history that a general election has failed to produce a government.

Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament minutes after Netanyahu missed a midnight deadline to form a coalition.

The turmoil arose over a proposed law seeking to draft more young ultra-Orthodox youth into the military.

It paves the way for a second election in September -- just months after Netanyahu claimed victory in April's vote.

A new election represents less of a setback for Netanyahu than the alternative - in which Israel's president could have asked another politician to try and form a ruling coalition.

Faced with the prospect of having to step aside and watch one of his political rivals push him to the margins, Netanyahu instead drummed up votes to dissolve the 120-seat Knesset.




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