Knesset Panel Confirms Swearing-in of Bennett-Lapid Gov't Sunday Afternoon

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Lawmakers Yair Lapid (R) and Naftali Bennett (L) in the Knesset in Jerusalem, last week.
Lawmakers Yair Lapid (R) and Naftali Bennett (L) in the Knesset in Jerusalem, last week. Credit: Emil Salman
Noa Shpigel
Noa Shpigel

The Knesset will vote Sunday at 4 P.M. on approving the new Lapid-Bennett government that would unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Arrangements Committee confirmed Wednesday morning.

The special plenary session will begin by introducing incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his alternate Yair Lapid, presenting the structure of the new cabinet, its appointees, as well as the date when Bennett and Lapid will switch places.

Netanyahu will then have an opportunity to retort, as the representative of the largest party that isn't a  part of the new coalition.

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Afterwards, every party will be allotted nine minutes to address the plenum. At the end of the debate, the lawmakers will elect a new Knesset speaker and vote on the proposed government. Then, the new prime minister and his alternate, along with their cabinet, will be sworn in.

On Tuesday, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin announced that the swearing-in ceremony will take place on Sunday. The new government must make the coalition agreements public 24 hours before it is approved by the Knesset; since Saturday is a rest day in Israel, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett will have to publicize the agreements on Friday, giving Netanyahu's supporters more time to pressure members of the new coalition to vote against it.

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