Yair Lapid is poised to become Israel’s new Prime Minister, with parliament expected to dissolve itself later today(29th.June.2022) and trigger the country’s fifth election in less than four years.

Mr. Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party and foreign minister, will take over from Naftali Bennett under an existing power-sharing deal.

They formed an unlikely eight-party coalition after last year’s election but it collapsed last week, clearing the way for fresh polls.

It also creates an opening for Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to return to office despite being on trial on corruption charges which he denies. END

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