Israel to hold fresh election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

Israeli lawmakers have voted to dissolve the Knesset after PM Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government. The vote triggered a fresh election, which will be held on 17 September.

Netanyahu was unable to reach a deal for a fresh right-wing coalition following last month’s election. At the heart of the impasse was a military conscription bill governing exemptions for haredim.

It is the first time in Israel’s history that a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition.

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