Israel heads to third election as midnight deadline looms

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Wed, 2019-12-11 20:56

JERUSALEM: Israel’s parliament was rushing through a bill Wednesday to call a third general election in a year, prolonging a political crisis and fueling deep dissatisfaction with politicians.
A deal to avert a new vote must be reached before 11:59 p.m. (2159 GMT), but talks between rightwing premier Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist rival Benny Gantz broke down.
They had been discussing a unity government but have spent recent days trading blame for the lack of progress.

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