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Bennett decides to bow out from politics after year in Prime Minister’s Office

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the annual Cyber Week conference in Tel Aviv, June 28, 2022. (Cyber Week, Tel Aviv University)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at the annual Cyber Week conference in Tel Aviv, June 28, 2022. (Cyber Week, Tel Aviv University)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has decided not to run in the upcoming elections.

He notified the members of his Yamina party earlier today, a statement from his spokesman says.

Bennett will stay on as alternate prime minister once Foreign Minister Yair Lapid replaces him as premier, which could take place as soon as tomorrow, if the Knesset finishes passing legislation to disperse itself.

Bennett will address the public at 8 p.m. local time, his spokesman adds.

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