Israeli PM fires key ministers

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Published: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Israel’s prime minister has fired two senior cabinet ministers, setting the stage for an expected announcement of early elections.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said today he had ordered the dismissals of finance minister Yair Lapid and justice minister Tzipi Livni.

The coalition government has been divided over key issues in recent weeks, and Mr Lapid and Ms Livni have emerged as fierce critics of the prime minister.

Mr Netanyahu plans a nationwide address later today. With his coalition in tatters, he is expected to order new elections, more than two years ahead of schedule.

Published: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 by The News Editor

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