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Bennett-Lapid government to be sworn in next Sunday

The national unity government headed by Naftali Bennett (Yamina) and Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) will be worn in next Sunday, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin (Likud) announced Tuesday morning.

While the Change Bloc leadership had hoped to be sworn in as soon as this Wednesday, the formal transition of power will only take place next week, Levin announced.

Levin also announced that a Knesset vote will be held Sunday to elect the Speaker of the 24th Knesset.

“The deliberation on and vote for the formation of the government will be held during a special Knesset session on Sunday, June 13th,” Levin said. “On the same day there will also be a vote to elect the Knesset Speaker of the 24th Knesset.”

Yesh Atid MK Mickey Levy is expected to be elected by the new government as Knesset Speaker.

Shortly after Levin’s announcement, Yamina MK Nir Orbach publicly committed to backing the new government, providing the coalition with its 61st seat and ensuring it passes the Knesset vote next Sunday.

“I have decided to end Israel’s political stalemate,” Orbach wrote Tuesday. “I have decided to vote in favor of the unity government.”

“I am treading down this path not with a joyful heart or because I want to – I am treading down this path despite it being uncertain. But the eternal people aren’t afraid of a long path – they fear the stalemate.”

Source: Arutz Sheva