Israel’s parliament begins voting to dissolve itself


The Israeli parliament has begun the process of voting to dissolve the chamber and pave the way to a third election within a year.

The parliament passed a preliminary measure to dissolve itself before a midnight deadline.

If three more votes pass, elections will be called for March 2.

After September elections, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief challenger Benny Gantz failed to form a governing coalition on their own.

Then, in a final three-week window, they could not join forces to avoid another vote.

Both sides said they are working until the last minute to find some way out of the deadlock, but a breakthrough seems unlikely.

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