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Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself

Israel’s parliament votes to dissolve itself
The parliament’s vote of 93 to 0 formalised a decision to move forward an election that had not been expected until 2017, in the aftermath of Netanyahu’s Dec 2 firing of Yair Lapid as finance minister and Tzipi Livni as justice minister.Most opinion polls show Netanyahu being reelected as prime minister, with many Israelis backing his tough stance on the conflict with the Palestinians and other security issues. Though his Likud party is expected to win the most seats, Netanyahu would need to align with other parties to form a government with majority support in the 120-member parliament.

Netanyahu launched his re-election campaign on Monday with a promise to cancel value added tax on basic foods, at a business conference in Tel Aviv.

He called the plan a blueprint for “social justice”, in what was seen as a critical nod to middle-class Israelis and ultra-Orthodox parties whose support he may need to head the next government. Just before the dissolution vote, lawmakers voted 47 to 23 to pass a government-backed amendment to keep open a detention centre for African migrants despite a high court order to shut it by Dec. 22.

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