Israel will hold a general election on the 9th April, a representative of Likud party has announced, adding that the current Knesset convocation would be dissolved by that time. According to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the decision to disband the government was “unanimous”.
During a press conference held at the Knesset on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) announced that “the heads of the coalition parties decided, in agreement and unanimously, to disperse the Knesset and call for new elections at the beginning of April.”
Earlier, the heads of the five coalition parties issued a statement saying “Out of national and budgetary responsibility, the leaders of the coalition parties decided, by unanimous agreement, to dissolve the Knesset and go to new elections at the beginning of April after a four-year term.”
Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein (Likud) has summoned the heads of all the parliamentary groups in order to set a date for the dissolution of the Knesset “as early as possible.”
Elections were previously scheduled for November 2019, and the announcement means that Knesset members will vote to dissolve parliament early.
The prime minister has been involved in several corruption cases since the beginning of the year. Specifically, he and his wife are accused of promoting the interests of a major telecom company in exchange for favorable media coverage.
Two other cases focus on Netanyahu’s receipt of expensive gifts from businessmen estimated at $300,000, as well as his purported attempt to strike a deal with an Israeli publisher. According to reports, the deal would see the government impose restrictions on the firm’s main competitor in exchange for ”favorable coverage”.