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Bill to Disperse Israeli Knesset Passed in Preliminary Reading

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A bill to dissolve the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, was passed in a preliminary reading on Monday evening, the Knesset said.

"By a vote of 65-43, with six abstentions, the Knesset passed in a preliminary vote a proposal to disperse the Knesset and hold elections for the 22nd Knesset within 90 days," the statement said.

Israeli political landscape is crumbling as the deadline to form a coalition government approaches without any progress.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form coalition talks with Israeli right-wing and religious parties within 28 days that he had initially been given in April after his party secured a win at Israel's parliamentary elections. He thus requested from the president additional time for negotiations until May 29.

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On Sunday, in a video released on his Twitter account, Netanyahu insisted that he was making "final efforts to form a new right-wing government to avoid unnecessary elections."

If the bill is passed, Israel will have one more election.

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