ISRAEL'S NEW PRIME MINISTER SWORN IN
Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as Israel's new Prime Minister. The right-wing nationalist succeeds Benjamin Netanyahu, who was ousted after 12 years.
Netanyahu was Israel's longest-serving Prime Minister and will remain the leader of the Likud party. He is now also the leader of the opposition after a unique coalition deal was formed between Bennett's Yamina party and Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party.
Based on the deal between Bennett and Lapid, Bennett will be Prime Minister until September 2023 after which he will then step back to give Lapid the chance to become Prime Minister for a further two years.
After the announcement that the new coalition was approved by 60 votes to 59, Netanyahu got out of his seat and walked over to Bennett. He congratulated him by shaking his hand, but then Netanyahu made the mistake of returning to sit down in the official Prime Minister's seat. He had to be reminded that he isn't the Prime Minister anymore and was literally ushered out of his seat.
The Indian Express reports that Bennet is a 49-year-old politician with American parents. This former tech entrepreneur made millions before switching to, and getting deeply involved in, right-wing politics and a religious-nationalist political position.
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