Netanyahu Sworn into Israel’s New Parliament after Election Victory

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn into Israel’s new parliament on Tuesday following victory in April 9 elections and will seek to form a governing coalition in days ahead.

Netanyahu was among 120 members of the Knesset, or parliament, sworn in during an official ceremony.

Netanyahu’s Likud won 35 seats in election, the same as main opponents from centrist Blue and White alliance, led by ex-military Benny Gantz.

Support from smaller right-wing parties allied to Likud led to a majority of 65 parliament members supporting Netanyahu to continue on as premier.

But Netanyahu also faces prospect of becoming the first sitting prime minister to be indicted.

attorney general has announced he intends to indict him for bribery, fraud and breach of trust pending a hearing.

He is not required to resign if indicted, only if convicted with all appeals exhausted.

Netanyahu’s outgoing government was considered the most right-wing in Israel’s history and next is expected to be at least as hawkish, if not more so.

VOA News