Powered by

Israel's parliament speaker resigns, but gavels session closed before replacement elected; Official quits hours before court-imposed deadline to force a vote on new leadership.

Mar 25, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs

JERUSALEM - Israel's speaker of the parliament abruptly resigned Wednesday, hours before a court-imposed deadline mandated a vote on replacing him. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein averted one constitutional crisis, but may have sparked another when he immediately gaveled the Knesset out of session until next Monday, infuriating 61 lawmakers who were ready to elect a new speaker.

The brass-knuckles maneuvering cast Israel's already chaotic political system into further disarray in the midst...