April 20, 2020 / 4:40 PM / a month ago

Israel's Netanyahu, rival Gantz sign unity government deal: joint statement

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist election rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement on Monday to form an emergency coalition government that would end a year of political deadlock.

Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White party issued a joint statement saying they had signed a unity deal, which follows elections in April and September 2019 and on March 2 in which neither won a governing majority in parliament.

Israeli media reported they would take turns as prime minister, with Netanyahu going first.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Jeffrey Heller

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