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Coalition heads announce plan to dissolve Knesset next week, Lapid to be interim PM

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, right, and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on May 15, 2022 (Courtesy Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, right, and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on May 15, 2022 (Courtesy Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The coalition will submit a bill to voluntarily dissolve itself next week, ending Israel’s 24th Knesset and calling new elections, according to a dramatic joint statement issued by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Bennett and Lapid will address the public at 8 p.m. (Israel time).

Following the Knesset’s dissolution, Lapid will become caretaker prime minister until a new government is sworn in.

Given legal and holiday constraints, elections are expected at the end of October.

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