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Knesset puts prime minister rotation between Lapid, Bennett into law

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Israel's Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (left) converses with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the floor of the Knesset (Israel Parliament) in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021
Emmanuel Dunand / AFPIsrael's Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (left) converses with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the floor of the Knesset (Israel Parliament) in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021

Amendment to Basic Law guarantees that Lapid will replace Bennett on August 27, 2023

The Knesset (Israel Parliament) on Tuesday passed an amendment to the Basic Law guaranteeing the premiership rotation agreement between Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett that will see the position of prime minister change hands on August 27, 2023.

Bennett is currently prime minister and Lapid serves as foreign minister and alternate prime minister.

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The term is set to end on November 11, 2025.

The governing coalition finally passed the bill into law after a 27-hour filibuster. On the final reading, 61 lawmakers voted in favor and two opposed. 

Most of the opposition legislators boycotted the vote.

Last month the Knesset approved the new "change bloc" government by a razor-thin 60-59 majority, officially removing Benjamin Netanyahu from power after 12 years as the country's longest-serving prime minister.

The diverse anti-Netanyahu bloc was cobbled together by Bennett and his right-wing Yamina party together with Lapid and his centrist Yesh Atid party and includes right-wing and left-wing groups as well as Arab-Israeli lawmakers.