Israel's opposition declares new government, set to unseat Netanyahu

7th Jun, 2021

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Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, delivers a statement to the press before the party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem 31 May 2021. Reuters file photo

Israel's opposition leader moved closer to unseating prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he officially told the country's president that he has reached agreements with political allies to form a new government. About 35 minutes before a Wednesday midnight deadline, the centrist Yair Lapid told president Reuven Rivlin in an email: "I am honored to inform you that I have succeeded in forming a government."

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