Knesset Speaker to Announce That Lapid Has Formed a Government, Vote Expected Within 10 Days

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Levin speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, in March.
Levin speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, in March.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Israel's new government, helmed by Yamina's Naftali Bennett in a rotation with Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid, will likely be sworn in by Monday, June 14.

Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin announced on Friday that he intends to announce to the Knesset plenum on Monday that Lapid has succeeded in forming a government. This means that the government will be sworn in by the following Monday at the latest.

Members of the parties who aim to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feared at first that Levin, a member of Netanyahu's Likud, would try to delay swearing in the new government beyond the constitutionally accepted period of time.

Levin said, though, in his announcement that he would announce the new government as early as the next Knesset meeting, and advance the discussion on its swearing-in.

The anti-Netanyahu camp, which forms the incoming government, will now reconsider whether to replace Levin ahead of the swearing-in of the new government, or to wait until it has been officiated. By law, a new Knesset speaker is selected when a new government is sworn in.

Lapid’s Yesh Atid party began the legislative process on Thursday to try to replace Levin with its own Mickey Levy. Yamina, who was not informed of this move, announced that they would not advance the vote for a new speaker before the swearing-in, due to opposition from one of the party's lawmakers, Nir Orbach.

Later that day, however, the Joint List – a majority Arab alliance that isn't part of the Lapid-Bennett coalition but a staunch opponent of Netanyahu – announced it supports the move, ensuring a comfortable majority would vote for Levy.

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