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Netanyahu Lieutenant Submits Motion for Sept. 4 Election

May 02, 2012

A leader of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party introduced legislation to dissolve parliament and hold early elections on Sept. 4.

The motion was submitted today by Zeev Elkin, head of the Likud delegation in the Knesset, Israel’s 120-seat parliament, and will be debated starting May 7, Knesset spokesman Yotam Yakir said.

Netanyahu said earlier this week that he was contemplating early elections. Aides have since been negotiating with both the prime minister’s coalition allies and leaders of the opposition to coordinate an orderly finish to the current term of the government, which took office three years ago.

Tensions among the parties within Netanyahu’s governing coalition over issues ranging from budget allocations to drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews led to the decision to propose new elections, which weren’t required to be held until late 2013.

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