Israel to hold early election, in April: Netanyahu spokesman


Israel to hold early election, in April: Netanyahu spokesman
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on October 28, 2018. (Photo by Oded Balilty / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ODED BALILTY/AFP/Getty Images)

In Summary

  • A coalition crisis over a military conscription bill affecting exemptions from compulsory service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men led to the decision.
  • Netanyahu, now in his fourth term as prime minister has been governing with a razor-thin majority of 61 seats in the 120-member parliament. He heads the right-wing Likud party.

Israel will hold a general election in April, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter on Monday, after a meeting between members of his governing coalition.

“The leaders of the coalition decided unanimously to dissolve parliament and go to a new election in early April,” the spokesman said, quoting from a statement issued by Netanyahu’s political partners.

A coalition crisis over a military conscription bill affecting exemptions from compulsory service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men led to the decision.

Netanyahu, now in his fourth term as prime minister has been governing with a razor-thin majority of 61 seats in the 120-member parliament. He heads the right-wing Likud party.

Under Israeli law, a national election had to be held by November 2019.

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