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Live Updates: Knesset Holds Confidence Vote on New Government

If approved by the Israeli parliament, the new coalition government will be inaugurated later in the day, which could terminate Benjamin Netanyahu's lengthy 12-year term as the country's prime minister.

Sputnik is live from Jerusalem as the Knesset is voting on a new coalition government, composed of eight parties.

If the legislative body votes in favour of the new government, it could pave the way for Naftali Bennett, the right-wing Yamina party's leader, to become the country's new prime minister before being replaced by the centrist Yesh Atid party's leader Yair Lapid after about two years, in accordance with a rotational basis.

Last month, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gave Lapid a mandate to form a coalition government after acting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so.

Israel has been reeling from political instability stemming from a series of inconclusive elections over the course of the past two years. The latest - fourth - round of elections took place in March.

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Naftali Bennett, Israeli parliament member from the Yamina party, gives a statement at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem on June 6, 2021. - In power for 12 consecutive years, Israel's embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces being toppled by a motley coalition of lawmakers united only by their shared hostility towards him. Under the agreement, the right-wing nationalist Bennett would be premier for two years, to be replaced by the centrist Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party in 2023. - Sputnik International, 1920
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