Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fired his finance and justice ministers as he declared his intention to dissolve the parliament and trigger an early general election.
Netanyahu said Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni have been harshly attacking him and the coalition government, and described their activities as a “putsch”.
Disagreements over economic and political policies have strained relations within the coalition, BBC News reported.
Netanyahu said he wanted an election two years early to win “a clear mandate to lead Israel”, noting that it has become impossible to lead the government with the current coalition.
“I will not tolerate an opposition within the government anymore,” the prime minister was quoted as saying.
“I will not tolerate ministers attacking government policy from within the government, attacking its leader, motivated by political interests, and being irresponsible at a national level.”
The current government is Israel’s 32nd in 67 years since its foundation, the report said.
If the Knesset were to be dissolved this week, an election would probably be held in mid-March, it added.
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