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Opposition politicians reach coalition deal to oust Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents announced they have reached a deal to form a new governing coalition, paving the way for the ouster of the longtime Israeli leader.

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Benjamin Netanyahu is Israel’s longest ruling Prime Minister, despite his prosecution for corruption allegations in recent years. Source: 1 NEWS

The dramatic announcement by opposition leader Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner, Naftali Bennett, came moments before a midnight (9am NZT) deadline and prevented the country from plunging into what would have been its fifth consecutive election in just over two years.

In a statement on Twitter, Lapid said he had informed the country's president of the deal.

“This government will work for all the citizens of Israel, those that voted for it and those that didn’t. It will do everything to unite Israeli society,” he said.