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Israel heads to election as PM Bennett steps aside

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to serve as interim leader

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, left, with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the parliament.    © Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli lawmakers will vote to dissolve parliament, opening the way for the country's fifth election in three years, following weeks of pressure on Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's fragile ruling coalition.

Bennett will step aside to be replaced by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, his partner in the unlikely coalition of opposites that ended former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12-year rule 12 months ago.

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