Knesset dissolves itself as Netanyahu fails to form coalition government

Fresh elections will take place in Israel on 17th September after the Knesset voted 74-45 in favour of dissolving itself.

The vote followed the passage of a deadline for Israel’s Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu to form a coalition government following elections in April.

It is the first time an Israeli Prime Minister has failed to form a coalition government after an election.

Netanyahu’s Likud party secured 35 seats in Knesset in those elections. However, disagreements over a military conscription bill proved too much to overcome for Avigdor Lieberman to give Netenyahu the support he needed to form a coalition.