Yair Lapid set to be Israel's new PM

Yair Lapid, Israel

© APA | Yair Lapid, Israel's new PM

# 30 June 2022 15:43 (UTC +04:00)

In the 10 years since he turned from a political chat-show host to a politician, Yair Lapid has dreamed of becoming Israel's prime minister, APA reports citing CNN.

Now, as he prepares to take over in a caretaker capacity, the centrist will be looking to prove that he deserves the top job in the long term, as the country prepares to go to the polls for the fifth time in under four years.

The former amateur boxer is sure to face dogged attacks from conservative Benjamin Netanyahu - Israel's longest-serving leader - whom he successfully knocked out of office in 2021 by forging an unlikely alliance between eight, ideologically diverse political parties.

Following the vote to dissolve parliament, Mr. Lapid, who has been a foreign minister, takes over because of his power-sharing deal with the right-wing, religious-nationalist Naftali Bennett, who was prime minister for the past year.

He is set to be in charge at least for an interim period until a new government is formed after polls due in October or November, and possibly beyond if no coalition can be formed.