Israel’s weakened coalition government on Monday decided to dissolve parliament and call new elections.
The vote, expected later this year, could bring about the return of a nationalist religious government led by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu or another prolonged period of political gridlock.
In a nationally televised news conference, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said it wasn’t easy to disband the government, but he called it “the right decision for Israel.”
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will take over from Bennett on an interim basis in an agreement they announced together.
The election, expected in October or November, would be Israel’s fifth in three years.
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