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The Knesset, Israel’s national legislature, has voted to disband and hold new elections Sept. 17, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government by the end of May 29.

After Netanyahu’s Likud party received the most votes in the April 9 election, President Reuven Rivlin gave Netanyahu six weeks to form a government, which is the maximum the law allows. Since he did not receive an outright majority in the 120-seat parliament, Netanyahu needed to persuade other parties to form a coalition with him, JTA reported.

After his final offer was rejected May 29, the Knesset held a vote to disband, The Times of Israel reported. The decision to disband prevents another Knesset member from trying to form a government.

Netanyahu failed to form a coalition in large part because potential partners disagreed on military draft law as it pertains to haredi men.

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