Israel’s Gantz says his party to vote for dissolving Parliament

Tel Aviv: Benny Gantz, the Israeli defense minister and leader of a ruling coalition party, Blue and White, said on Tuesday that tomorrow his party would vote in favour of dissolving the country’s parliament over inability to pass a budget.

On Wednesday, the Israeli legislature will vote on a dissolution bill proposed by lawmaker Yair Lapid.

Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his ruling Likud party would vote to keep the present parliament. Per the country’s law, if a new parliament is unable to agree on a budget within its first 100 days it has to be dissolved and a new election called. Israel’s parliament originally faced the deadline in August but voted to extend it.

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“Tomorrow, Blue and White will vote in favour of the bill to dissolve the parliament,” Gantz said in a speech broadcast by the parliament, calling on Netanyahu to pass a budget.

The Wednesday vote is a preliminary one, requiring two more readings for the bill to be voted into law.

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