The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 16, 2012
 

Israeli parliament dissolved, elections in January

 
 

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israel's Parliament on Tuesday set a Jan 22 date for a national election and opinion polls predict an easy win for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in balloting expected to focus on his tough policies on Iran's nuclear programme and economics.

Lawmakers approved the measure by a vote of 100 to nil after a more than eight-hour debate, dissolving parliament, or ending its term of office, effective immediately and months ahead of schedule.

Israeli elections had been expected in October 2013, but it is common for governments to break up before their terms expire over disagreements about budgets, policy on religion or the nation's conflicts with Arab and other neighbours.

Opinion polls have indicated an easy election victory for the right-wing Likud party's leader Netanyahu, who is likely to head a coalition that includes nationalist and religious parties.