Israel's Knesset passes first hurdle towards a fourth election
Israel is on the verge of heading into a fourth legislative election since April 2019, after a preliminary reading of a bill to dissolve the Knesset passed a first vote on Wednesday, with 61 votes in favour and 54 against, Middle East Eye reports.
If the bill fails to pass three more readings, MPs won't be able to submit a similar proposal for another six months unless approved by the speaker of the Knesset, Yariv Levin, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.
But if it is passed, this will put Israel on the track for an election in March 2021.
The last time Israel went to the polls was in March 2020, and it took a political coalition between Netanyahu's Likud and current Defence Minister Benny Gantz's Blue and White party until April to agree on forming a national unity government, with plans on rotating the roles of the premier between Netanyahu and Gantz after 18 months, in November 2021.