Long-serving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has finally been removed after a two-year standoff.
Naftali Bennett, the nationalist, whom conservative parties picked to lead the new coalition government, has been sworn-in as the country’s premier.
He will serve until September 2023, when he will hand over to Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid, for a further two years, the BBC reported.
Although several parties came together to defeat Netanyahu, their victory was paper-thin.
In the vote held in Parliament, Bennett’s side garnered 60 votes against Netanyahu’s 59 votes
After the final tally was announced, a distraught Netanyahu walked towards his successor, shook hands with him and said: “We’ll be back.”
He has now taken the position of official opposition leader.
Netanyahu first served between 1996-1999 and then non-stop from 2009 to 2021.
When the election was held in 2019, his Likud party was the single largest outfit, but failed to get enough numbers to form a government. Two other clouded polls followed.
To legitimise his stay in power, the ousted Prime Minister signed a unity government deal with the then opposition leader Benny Gantz, but the agreement collapsed in March 2021.
Following Bennett’s installation as the new leader, celebrations erupted in various towns, including Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.