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Israel's change coalition: What happens next?

Here’s what could happen next as the Knesset gears up to vote on a governing coalition aiming to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel's Yamina party leader, Naftali Bennett (L), smiles as he speaks to Yesh Atid party leader, Yair Lapid, during a special session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, to elect a new president, in Jerusalem on June 2, 2021.

An unlikely coalition of Israeli political parties has reached a deal to form a governing coalition in an 11th-hour bid to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s grip on power. A vote of confidence in the new government is needed before a swearing-in can occur, and Israel’s embattled prime minister is mounting a last-ditch effort to prevent his removal after 12 years in office.

“We expect the Knesset will convene as soon as possible to ratify the government, as required,” outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tweeted late Wednesday.

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