Longtime Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially been removed from power after the Israeli Knesset voted to form a new coalition government Sunday.
After 12 years at the helm of America’s closest ally in the Middle East, Netanyahu will become the parliament’s opposition leader as head of the Likud party. He’ll be replaced as prime minister by Naftali Bennett of the New Right party.
Israel was forced to hold four elections in just two years after attempts to form a coalition government repeatedly failed with Netanyahu in charge. Sunday’s coalition was formed by a narrow 60-59 vote, and Bennett will lead a government comprised of a diverse array of eight different parties.
Netanyahu vowed to return to power in a speech given to parliament ahead of the vote, and accused the incoming government of being weak on Iran and Palestinians.