New elections will be convened in Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu failed, after the deadline, to form a coalition government after the legislative elections in April. Until midnight, the parliamentary session was tense and MPs finally voted to dissolve the Knesset and hold new elections.
This is a setback for the Israeli prime minister, but less difficult than the one that would have seen another politician recover the burden of forming a government.
“We are going to conduct a clean and clear election campaign that will bring us victory,” said Benjamin Netanyahu at the end of the session, “we will win, we will win and the public will win”.
Netanyahu, who faces an imminent charge of corruption, is accused by his political opponents of worrying only about his political survival, even after ten years in office, and of continuing to want to pass laws to protect him from prosecution.