- Naftali Bennett was sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Israel last night, after winning a confidence vote with the narrowest of margins, just 60 votes to 59.
- His victory ended the 12-year power of former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving leader.
- Former defence minister and high-tech millionaire, Bennett, a 49-year-old leader of the right-wing Yamina party, took oath of office after the Israeli parliament Knesset elected him as the 13th Prime Minister by a 60-59 vote in the 120-member house. One lawmaker abstained.
- The Knesset last night voted on the new coalition government led by Mr. Bennett. His government has 27 ministers, nine of them women.
- An eight-party alliance, ranging from the right-wing Jewish Nationalist Yamina party to Arab lawmakers, was formed early this month by centrist politician Yair Lapid centrist and ultra-nationalist Bennett. Now the Ra’am party has become the first Arab Israeli faction to join a governing coalition.
- Mr Bennett will be prime minister until September 2023 as part of a power-sharing deal. He will then hand power over to Yair Lapid for a further two years.
- Mickey Levy of the Yesh Atid party was elected as the speaker of Parliament with the support of 67 lawmakers.
- 71 year old Netanyahu, the most dominant politician of his generation will remain head of the right-wing Likud party and become leader of the opposition.
Source – NewsOnAIR