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Israel's Netanyahu Considering Early Elections


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is considering calling early elections following the withdrawal of a key part of his fragile ruling coalition.

On April 28, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu party said it was leaving the ruling coalition.

The ultranationalist party is the second-largest member of the coalition, following Netanyahu's Likud.

Parliamentary elections in Israel are currently scheduled for October 2013.

Analysts say a months-long election campaign in Israel could make a resumption of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks even less likely.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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