Israel has a new prime minister for the first time since 2009 after a power-sharing government led by Naftali Bennett survived a confidence vote on Sunday.
Israel’s Knesset has voted for a fragile eight-party coalition, replacing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years in the top post.
Israeli lawmakers on Sunday passed a vote of confidence for a coalition government that will end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year hold on power.
The coalition is comprised of bitter ideological rivals, united by their will to oust Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader.
Naftali Bennett will replace his former ally Netanyahu as prime minister.
Israeli Knesset elected Mickey Levy of the Yesh Atid Party — a coalition member — to house speaker.
Key moments from the Knesset special session
Emotions ran high during the Knesset special session on Sunday with both Bennett and Netanyahu speaking through raucous boos from some lawmakers.
Naftali Bennett promised that the coalition “represents all of Israel.”
He said that the coalition government would open a new chapter in the relationship between the state and Israel’s Arab citizens, reported Israeli media outlet Haaretz.
He thanked Netanyahu for the role he played in this process.AFP