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The Knesset’s dispersal: How is it going to happen?

The empty assembly hall of the Israeli Knesset, in Jerusalem, on June 27, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
The empty assembly hall of the Israeli Knesset, in Jerusalem, on June 27, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Lawmakers begin to return to the Knesset for final readings of the vote to disperse the Israeli parliament and call new elections.

The process has become increasingly chaotic in recent days, and last night saw MKs head home in the evening, dash back for a possible vote before midnight, and then go home again.

The plenum session was to kick off at 7:30 a.m. with speeches by the heads of the factions. However, many lawmakers appeared to already be running late.

At around 8:45 a.m., Opposition Leader Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to address the plenum.

At 9 a.m., renegade Yamina MK Nir Orbach, Knesset House Committee chair who has been responsible for much of the delay to the dispersal process this week, will give a speech.

At the conclusion of Orbach’s remarks, voting will began for the second and third readings of the dispersal law.

If that successfully passes, votes will be held on legislation agreed upon between the coalition and opposition in recent days during wrangling over the process.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will then succeed Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as premier from midnight between Thursday and Friday.

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