ForMin Lieberman resigns on eve of new government formation


Avigdor Lieberman has resigned as Minister of Foreign Affairs two days before the deadline given to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by President Reuven Rivlin to form a new government.

Lieberman is the leader of the Yisrael Beitenu party which currently holds six seats in the new Knesset. Lieberman is reported to have said that he couldn’t sit in the Netanyahu government after the Prime Minister had sealed a number of agreements with ultra-orthodox parties. The former Foreign Minister described the government Netanyahu is forming as not a “nationalist one, but the epitome of opportunism.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been given until 6th May to form a coalition government. Most of the right-wing parties have agreed to support him but the exclusion of the Yisrael Beitenu party would leave them with 61 seats in the 120 seat Knesset.

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