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Gantz elected Israel s parliament speaker, signalling possible deal with Netanyahhu

JERUSALEM - Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz was elected on Thursday as speaker of parliament in a surprise move that appeared to herald a political partnership that could keep Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power. With the partial backing of the centrist former general Gantz s Blue and White party and the support of Netanyahu s right-wing Likud, Gantz was elected with 74 votes in the 120-member Knesset. It could pave the way for a rotation deal in which Netanyahu and Gantz would take turns as prime minister. Talks to form a unity government were in progress between both parties after a March 2 inconclusive election and in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. REUTERS


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