Israeli parliament approves new government

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Israeli parliament approved the composition of the 35th coalition government, formed by the March 2 election. A special meeting of the Knesset is broadcast by the Israeli parliamentary television channel on Sunday, May 17.

73 out of 120 deputies spoke out for confidence in the new cabinet, after which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his coalition partner Beni Ganz took the prime minister’s oath.

“The people wanted unity, and that’s what they got,” Netanyahu said.

According to his agreement with Ghantz, Netanyahu will remain Prime Minister for 18 months, after which he will have to transfer power to his new partner. Ganz, before taking office, will occupy the post of head of the defense ministry in a new office.

The new government of Israel will have a total of 36 ministers – a record number in history.

On December 12, 2019, the Israeli parliament decided to dissolve itself and scheduled the third election on March 2, 2020. This need arose because Netanyahu and Ganz were unable to agree on the formation of a coalition government on time based on the results of previous re-elections held on September 17.

The same thing happened after the first elections held on April 9, 2019, when Netanyahu was not able to form a cabinet in the 42-day time limit provided for by law.

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