Centrist Blue and White alliance leader Benny Gantz is set to be elected as speaker of the Israeli parliament, in a surprise move seen as opening the path toward a coalition government.
According to media reports, Gantz's alliance has broken apart in response to the development, with only some members expected to enter into a government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing and religious bloc.
Gantz could reportedly serve as foreign minister in a grand coalition with Netanyahu. The two leaders would rotate as prime minister, with Netanyahu remaining prime minister for a year and a half before being replaced by Gantz in September 2021.
A staunch ally of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, has committed to backing Gantz as speaker.
A source from Gantz's Blue and White alliance, who requested anonymity, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the party leader's bid to become speaker was part of an effort to form an emergency government with Likud.
Israel has been mired in a crippling political crisis that has seen the country hold three inconclusive elections in less than a year.
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