Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference in Jerusalem October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
Netanyahu announces early Israeli election
Posted : Tuesday, 09 October 2012 02:27PM
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday he would seek an early Israeli election, a ballot that political commentators said would likely take place in January or February.
Netanyahu said in a televised statement that he had reached the conclusion his coalition government would not be able to agree on a national budget, adding: "I have therefore decided, for the benefit of Israel, to hold elections now and as quickly as possible."
(Writing by Ally Fisher-Ilan Editing by Jeffrey Heller)
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