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Bennett announces that Shaked will take over Yamina party

Outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pictured at a press conference at which he announced he will not be running in the next elections. At left is Ayelet Shaked, the new Yamina party leader. June 29, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pictured at a press conference at which he announced he will not be running in the next elections. At left is Ayelet Shaked, the new Yamina party leader. June 29, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

In his final address as prime minister, Naftali Bennett confirms reports that Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked will replace him as head of the Yamina party.

He thanks his “wonderful” ministerial colleagues in the coalition, and says, “I especially want to thank my partner on this path, the excellent Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who will receive the leadership of the party.

“And I am certain that Ayelet will succeed in leading to good things,” Bennett says.

He praises Matan Kahana — the “best religious affairs minister in Israeli history” — as a longtime friend, a courageous politician and an eternal optimist. He also thanks fellow Yamina MKs Abir Kara and Shirley Pinto.

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