WORLD Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israeli parliament: statement

WORLD

Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israeli parliament: statement

AFP

17:32, March 25, 2020

The speaker of Israel's parliament, a close ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, resigned on Wednesday, clearing the way for a vote that could see him replaced by a rival of the embattled premier. 

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Yuli Edelstein, a member of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, had refused to schedule a speakership vote until a new government was formed, but stood down after the Supreme Court set a Wednesday deadline for the vote to take place. 

"I hereby resign from my position as speaker of the Knesset," or parliament, Edelstein said, in a move that could see a member of the Centrist Blue and White party become speaker in the coming days. 

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