Ousted from power after 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu mistakenly sits on Israeli PM’s chair, asked to shift

 Ousted from power after 12 years, Benjamin Netanyahu mistakenly sits on Israeli PM’s chair, asked to shift

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The goof-up came after the Israeli Knesset confirmed a new coalition government led by nationalist Naftali Bennett with a thin vote of 60-59, ending Netanyahu’s long reign

NEW DELHI

Benjamin Netanyahu, who was ousted as Prime Minister of Israel after a record 12-year rule on Sunday, inadvertently sat down on the prime minister’s chair in the Israeli parliament.

Netanyahu was later was reminded he needed to shift to the opposition leader’s chair by outgoing Knesset speaker Yariv Levin.

The goof-up came after the Israeli Knesset confirmed a new coalition government led by nationalist Naftali Bennett with a thin vote of 60-59, ending Netanyahu’s long reign.

Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina (United Right) party, was on Sunday night sworn in as new Israeli prime minister in a power-sharing deal with centrist leader Yair Lapid, sending Benjamin Netanyahu to the opposition after a record 12-year rule.

Bennett will serve as Prime Minister for the first two terms while Lapid will serve as alternate premier and Foreign Minister.

Under the coalition agreement, Bennett will serve as Prime Minister for the first two years of the term and then Lapid will hold office of the premier. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Bennett on being sworn in as Israel’s new PM, and said he looked forward to meeting him and deepening their countries’ strategic partnership as they celebrate 30 years of the upgradation of diplomatic ties next year.

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