Gantz elected speaker of Israel’s parliament


Israel’s opposition chief Benny Gantz has been elected as speaker of the parliament. The shock move might pave the way in which for a “rotation deal” by which Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu would take turns as prime minister.

Gantz was elected on Thursday with 74 votes within the 120-member parliament, with 18 members voting towards the nomination.

Netanyahu had declared victory within the March 2 election. His Likud celebration led the way in which with 36 seats, forward of Gantz’s Blue and White celebration, with 33 seats. However, 61 legislators supported Gantz on Sunday, giving him a slim majority. Netanyahu has proposed a “national emergency” authorities with Gantz to assist deal with the coronavirus disaster.

“These are unusual times and they call for unusual decisions. That is why I intend to explore the formation of an emergency unity government”, Gantz mentioned. He had beforehand rejected serving with Netanyahu, citing his ongoing trial on expenses of bribery, fraud and breach of belief.

Netanyahu denies the allegations, saying the fees have been trumped up by a liberal media and a justice system trying to depose him. On Sunday, the courtroom postponed the trial till May 24 as a consequence of virus fears.