Israel’s new prime minister ends Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year rule

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel has a new prime minister for the first time in 12 years after Naftali Bennett secured the backing of parliament and ousted longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two were slated to hold a handover meeting on Monday, but without the formal ceremony that traditionally accompanies a change in government.

The new government was sworn in late on Sunday and set to work on Monday morning, with ministers announcing appointments of new ministry directors.

A Netanyahu aide said the former prime minister was “full of motivation” as he assumes a role in the opposition “to topple this dangerous government as soon as possible.”

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