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Israel's Knesset votes to disband, agrees to hold elections March 17
Israel's Knesset votes to disband, agrees to hold elections March 17

Israel’s parliament voted Wednesday to dissolve and hold early elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two top ministers, unraveling his governing coalition after 20 months in office. The bill to disband the Knesset passed the first of three readings and is expected to be finalized next week. Before the vote, lawmakers agreed to hold general elections on March 17, two years ahead of schedule. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein welcomed the early date with its short campaign period, saying, “We can’t abuse the public. We mustn’t drag this out.” Netanyahu and what remains of his Cabinet will stay in office until the next government is...

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