Israel to hold 3rd election in one year on March 2

Thursday, 2019-12-12 16:18:08
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Lawmakers sit during a session of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on December 11, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
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Israel will hold an election on March 2, its unprecedented third within a year, the parliament decided on December 12.

By a vote of 94 in favor to none opposed, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, passed a motion dissolving itself and setting a new election date.

The Knesset was dissolved after both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist rival Benny Gantz failed to form a coalition government before the final deadline.

Following neck-to-neck results in the national election in September, neither Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and Gantz's centrist Blue and White party managed to garner enough support for a coalition.

The last election was called after a similar political deadlock in April's election.