The Israeli Knesset adopted a preliminary proposal to dissolve itself on Wednesday, paving the way for another snap election, which would be the fourth national vote in two years. The MK’s approved the motion 61 to 54, which means a formal vote to dissolve the parliament will take place as soon as next week.
The bill to dissolve the Knesset now has to be approved in a committee, controlled by the Blue and White Party, and then pass two more votes before the country can set a date for the next elections. If the legislation is adopted without delay, Israelis will have to go back to the polls in March or April.
On Tuesday evening, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced he would support an opposition call to dissolve the 120-seat Knesset over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to fulfill a coalition agreement to pass a national budget for 2021.
Netanyahu and Gantz created a joint government in May following three elections, none of which had allowed a coalition to be formed. The agreement between the rivals, among other points, included a condition that Gantz would become the country’s prime minister in 2021.