Tuesday, June 8, 2021 10:41 am
The next Israeli government is to be sworn in on Sunday, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin announced on Tuesday.
This is coming after days of negotiations on how to move ahead on forming an eight-way coalition aimed at unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
If successful, it will be the first time in more than a decade it would be happening to Netanyahu.
Members of the new coalition, which will initially be headed by far-right politician Naftali Bennett, had agreed on their partnership last week and had, at one point, been expected to be sworn in this week already.
Members of the coalition had reportedly been pushing for a Wednesday ceremony.
The Sunday session will also see the Knesset vote for a new speaker.
The eight members of the new coalition only have the barest of a majority: 61 of 120 Knesset seats.
Additionally, the members come from a variety of political walks that would not normally align with one another.
However, the parties are united in their dislike of Netanyahu.
Should the formation of the new government go ahead, it would be the first Israeli government without Netanyahu in 12 years.
However, Netanyahu is still doing his utmost to hold onto power and is trying to see if he can shake loose any coalition member, which would end the political experiment before it can start.
Netanyahu has called the new coalition the fraud of the century.
Demonstrators supporting Netanyahu have lashed out at Bennett, who has served in past Netanyahu cabinets.
There have been warnings that the protests could morph into physical violence in the coming days. (dpa/NAN)