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Israeli parliament takes first step towards new election

Israeli parliament takes first step towards new election
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to chair the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem May 26, 2019. Jim Hollander/Pool via REUTERS Copyright POOL(Reuters)
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel moved towards a new election after parliament gave preliminary approval on Monday to a dissolution motion as Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to form a government remained deadlocked.

In order to disperse and set an election date, parliament would still have to hold a final vote that is unlikely to take place before Wednesday, when a deadline for the prime minister to announce a governing coalition expires. Israel last held an election in April.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Maayan Lubell)

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