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Israel: Lawmakers approve Netanyahu-Gantz unity government

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanjahu on a poster

The Israeli Parliament has passed a bill clearing the way for Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to form a government. The office of prime minister will reportedly rotate between the two rivals.

After three elections and a stalemate that lasted over a year, the Israeli Parliament on Thursday voted for a new government that would see caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keep his seat.

However, the lawmakers also voted in constitutional changes that would require Netanyahu to share power with his rival Benny Gantz, with the office of prime minister set to rotate between the two.

A coalition agreement between Netanyahu's Likud party and Gantz's Blue and White alliance foresees Netanyahu giving the prime minister's office to Ganz after 18 months, in October 2021.

Both men are set to be sworn in at the same ceremony on Wednesday.

Israel: Netanyahu, Gantz agree unity government

Green light for Netanyahu

Parliament's decision comes a day after Israel's Supreme Court allowed Netanyahu to stay in power while still under indictment. The 11-judge panel did not find "any legal reason to prevent Netanyahu from forming a government."

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Netanyahu has ruled Israel since 2009, but failed to form a majority after a snap election in April last year. 

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