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Ex-chief of staff Israeli army challenges Netanyahu for prime minister

A popular former chief of staff of the Israeli army has put its candidature for the prime minister formalised. Thus he challenges current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu off at the elections on 9 april.

Benny Gantz was until now an outsider among the potential candidates. He registered Thursday a new political party, the Israeli Party of the Resilience, after weeks of speculation that he was in politics would steps. Opinion polls put his potential party in second place, after the Likud of Netanyahu, although he has not yet made clear where his party will stand. Is expected to set a moderate and centre-weighted platform for. Despite its popularity would be the party of Gantz, but the half of the number of parlementszitjes binnenrijven, compared to Likud.

The 59-year-old Gantz was chief of staff of the Israeli army between 2011 and 2015.

The Israeli parliament on Wednesday dissolved, what paves the way to early elections. The elections were originally scheduled in november 2019, but in the last month struggled Netanyahu with the extremely narrow majority of 61 seats in the 120 seats storey parliament. Former Defence minister Avigdor Lieberman had resigned from the government and his party Yisrael Beytenu to the oppositiebanken moved.

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