WORLD Israel's new gov't approved by parliament, ending Netanyahu's 12-year rule

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Israel's new gov't approved by parliament, ending Netanyahu's 12-year rule

Xinhua

08:35, June 14, 2021

JERUSALEM, June 13 (Xinhua) - Israel's parliament approved on Sunday a new coalition government led by nationalist Naftali Bennett and centrist Yair Lapid, ending the record-setting 12-year rule of outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Members of Israel's new cabinet led by Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Avigdor Lieberman, and others attend their first meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021.(Photo: AFP)

In the vote of confidence in the parliament, or Knesset, 60 lawmakers voted in favor of the government while 59 voted against it.

Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina (United Right) party, and Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, will rotate as prime minister with Bennett going first.

The new coalition government, formed by eight parties, ends a lingering political crisis in Israel that has witnessed four elections in the past two years.

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