Israeli coalition dissolves Knesset, new polls April 9

GAZA, The leaders of the Israeli coalition parties unanimously decided Monday to dissolve the Knesset and go to new polls on April 9, after a four-year term.

“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,” the heads of the five coalition parties said in a joint statement, Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported.

The decision to dissolve parliament was taken after it became clear that the coalition government could not pass legislation on drafting ultra-Orthodox into the army.

The decision to go to the polls comes just a month after Avigdor Liberman resigned as defense minister and pulled his Yisrael Beytenu party out of the coalition, leaving it with a paper-thin majority of just 61 out of 120 Knesset members.

Source: Kuwait News Agency