A left-wing lawmaker announced Thursday that she will resign from the coalition – the latest blow to the Bennett government.
MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi (Meretz) penned a letter to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) Thursday afternoon, informing him that she plans on leaving the coalition, and will not be serving as consul-general to Shanghai.
With Zoabi’s departure from the coalition, the Bennett government will have only 59 seats in the Knesset, giving the Opposition an absolute majority.
The Opposition is slated to bring a bill dissolving the Knesset to a vote next Wednesday.
MK Zoabi did not update either Prime Minister Naftali Bennett or Foreign Minister Yair Lapid of her plans prior to penning her letter Thursday. Nor did Zoabi notify her own Meretz party, which learned of her decision from media reports. Zoabi is expected to be given a place on the Joint Arab List’s Knesset slate for the next election.
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