Benny Gantz elected speaker of Israel's parliament
Opposition leader Benny Gantz has been elected as speaker of the Israeli parliament in a surprise move that suggested a political partnership that could keep Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power, Al Jazeera reports.
With the partial backing of Gantz's centrist Blue and White party and the support of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, Gantz was elected on Thursday with 74 votes in the 120-member Knesset, with 18 members voting against the nomination.
It could pave the way for a "rotation deal" in which Netanyahu and Gantz, a former military chief, would take turns as prime minister.
Talks to form a unity government were in progress between both parties after an inconclusive election on March 2, Israel's third in less than a year, and in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Previous discussions between the two sides have broken down as both leaders insisted on serving as the prime minister first.