Israel prepares to vote in first government in 12 years not led by Netanyahu

A momentous morning for Israel, as the country is set to swear in its first government in 12 years not led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

A quick rundown of the day’s planned events:

2 p.m. — Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett will meet with the leaders of the “change bloc” coalition parties. The meeting will take place in the Yamina party’s faction room in the Knesset and will be closed to the press.

3 p.m. — The parties slated to enter the coalition will meet individually.

4 p.m. — The Knesset convenes. Bennett and partner Yair Lapid will present the government and its guiding principles. Netanyahu, the prospective leader of the opposition, is also expected to speak. All party representatives will have an opportunity to speak. Parliament will then vote on the new government.

Following the session, members of the newly installed government will head to the President’s Residence for the traditional group photograph of ministers with outgoing President Reuven Rivlin, who will end his seven-year term on July 9.

8:30 p.m. — A celebratory meeting, closed to the press, will be held in the Knesset’s Chagall Hall.

9 p.m. — A celebratory inaugural cabinet meeting will be held in the Knesset’s Jerusalem hall at 9 p.m., and will be open to the press.

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