Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted from office on a slim vote margin on Sunday when Israeli lawmakers voted to install a new government.
Netanyahu’s 12-year run as the head of the country ended when Israel’s parliament approved a new power-sharing government.
According to The New York Times, the votes showed 60-59 with one abstention, which was enough to push aside Netanyahu’s Likud-run government with a hodgepodge of Israeli parties
The new government will be led by Naftali Bennett, the Orthodox leader of Israel’s religious-nationalist movement and a former Netanyahu aide.
The effort to oust Netanyahu by stitching together a coalition was spearheaded by Yair Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party.
His party teamed up with a number of right-win parties, including Bennett’s Yamina party, in addition to the Raam party, which will now become the first Arab party to be part of a ruling coalition.
“We are incapable of sitting together — what is happening to us?” Bennett said during the meeting of parliament over boos and catcalls, according to The Washington Post.
“I am proud of sitting with people with who have very different opinions. We have decided to take responsibility,” he added.
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