Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a ceremony showing appreciation to the health care system for their contribution to the fight against the coronavirus, in Jerusalem, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
UPDATED 3:28 PM PT – Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Israel’s parliament is slated to vote on a new governing coalition at the beginning of next week. According to the parliament spokesman on Tuesday, the vote will take place on Sunday, potentially bringing an end to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure.
The vote would also mark the end of four elections held in the country over the last two years. The new coalition would be sworn in the same day it’s approved, if it obtains the 61 votes needed from the 120-member parliament.
Leader of the Israeli Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid gives a statement at his party’s office at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in Jerusalem on June 7, 2021. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP) (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)
Opposition leader Yair Lapid of the centrist Yesh Atid party announced on Twitter, “the unity government is on its way, for the good of the citizens of the State of Israel.” This comes after Netanyahu’s efforts to persuade members of the new coalition to defect have proven unsuccessful.
Should Netanyahu be removed as prime minister, reports say he’ll likely still play a prominent role in Israeli politics.