Israel’s Benny Gantz resigns as Parliament Speaker ahead of unity government inauguration

Two days ahead of the inauguration of a unity government between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on May 12, the later has resigned from the post of Parliament Speaker.

The news of the resignation was made official when a statement was released on behalf of Benny Gantz, Israel’s former Military Chief, which stated that he had formally resigned as Speaker of the Knesset (Parliament).

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s centrist lawmaker Benny Gantz signed a deal in April to form a new unity government led by Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party over a period of 18 months each.

In the first of its kind deal in Israel’s politics, Netanyahu will serve as Prime Minister for at least 18 months, followed by Gantz who will in the period hold the title of “Alternate Prime Minister” and vice versa

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