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Gantz elected Israel's parliament speaker, signaling possible deal with Netanyahhu

FILE PHOTO: Chief of Blue and White celebration, Benny Gantz seems on after voting at a polling station in Israel's nationwide election in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Nir Elias/File Picture

JERUSALEM (1) - Israeli opposition chief Benny Gantz was elected on Thursday as speaker of parliament in a shock transfer that appeared to herald a political partnership that would maintain Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in energy.

With the partial backing of the centrist former normal Gantz’s Blue and White celebration and the help of Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud, Gantz was elected with 74 votes within the 120-member Knesset.

It may pave the way in which for a “rotation deal” during which Netanyahu and Gantz would take turns as prime minister. Talks to type a unity authorities had been in progress between each events after a March 2 inconclusive election and within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reporting by Stephen Farrell

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