Israel’s coalition leaders have announced new elections for early April. Regular elections should be held only in November 2019.
After a meeting of the coalition leaders stated that they had unanimously decided “in the Knesset (Parliament) to be dissolved and at the beginning of April General elections, after a government period of four years”.
the Background to the decision are tensions within the right-religious coalition government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
opposition politician, Yair Lapid of the future party, and in November resigned as defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman had announced that it would not support a new military conscription law. The law needs to be adopted until mid-January. Lieberman was kicked out in a dispute over a ceasefire in the Gaza strip.
In the parliamentary elections in March 2015, Netanyahu was brought in with his right-wing Likud the most votes. Before Lieberman’s resignation, the right-religious coalition of six parties and a majority of 66 consisted of 54 votes in the Parliament. The last head of government, Netanyahu had to govern with a narrow majority of 61 mandates.
There had been in the past several months, rumors of early elections. Netanyahu is also because of corruption allegations under pressure. Since the beginning of the year the Prosecutor’s office is examining possible charges. Netanyahu is, since 2009, consistently in the office, it is his fourth term as head of government.