Double trouble for Benjamin Netanyahu, wife enters plea bargain in fraud case while MPs vote to dissolve parliament


In a setback to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli parliamentarians have voted to dissolve the parliament after he failed to form a ruling coalition. This effectively means that fresh elections will be held in Israel.

BBC reported that fresh elections will be held in September this year. The Israeli parliament voted 74-45 in favour of dissolving itself after Netanyahu missed the deadline  of 1.30 am (IST) to form a workable coalition to governn the country.

In the last month’s general elections, Netanyahu’s Likud Party had won 35 of the Knesset’s 120 seats, but he could not reach a deal with former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Coalition talks failed to make any headway after far-right former defence minister Lieberman, refused to back Netanyahu for the top job.

Netanyahu, who’s facing corruption charges, had less negotiating powers to win more allies in his bid to secure the support of 61 lawmakers to form the government.

Meanwhile, Chairwoman of Meretz party Tamar Zandberg has said that she will approach the Labour party for talks regarding a merger.  “It’s time for a large leftist bloc,” she was quoted by Israeli news website Haaretz. 

Fresh elections will be held on 17 September.

The setback to Netanyahu came on a day when his wife Sarah Netanyahu agreed a plea bargain with prosecutors over allegations of misusing state funds. She was charged with fraud and breach of trust in June last year

She was accused of spending $99,300 (£78,600) on outside catering while falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the PM’s residence.