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Tentative March 2, 2020 date set for unprecedented third Israeli elections

(JNS) Likud, and Blue and White, have agreed that barring a last-minute breakthrough by Dec. 11, Israel will go to its third elections of 2019 on March 2, 2020.

The proposed election date must still pass three plenary readings in the Knesset, although with the support of the two major political parties, it already has the parliamentary majority necessary to push it through.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said on Monday that all three votes would be scheduled for Wednesday, The Times of Israel reported.

“Even when it seems that there is no chance of preventing these costly and unnecessary elections, we will not begin this legislative process before Wednesday, to allow the party leaders to come to their senses in the eleventh hour, a moment before it’s too late,” he said.

If no last-minute solution is found, the Knesset is expected to dissolve on Wednesday night, after which an unprecedented third round of national elections will be called.

While Israeli elections have historically been held on Tuesdays, this year’s March calendar contains various conflicts, anniversaries and celebrations which make that day inconvenient.

Main Photo: Ballots at a voting station in Jerusalem on Sept. 17, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

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