THINGS WITH POLITICAL UPDATES
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a coalition gov. • Looks like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is staying put for another term.
Word of the Day: October 22, 2019
verb | kum-PRYZE
Definitionto be made up of
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a coalition gov.
Why was he trying to?
Because back in April, Netanyahu's right-wing party failed to win the 61 seats needed for a parliamentary majority. He tried to form a coalition…but that didn't work out. So, a new election was held last month. And the same thing happened: no majority, no coalition.
So is Netanyahu giving up?
Essentially. And he's blaming it on rival Benny Gantz, the leader of the centrist party. Netanyahu says his own party made "every effort" to form a gov with Gantz's but Gantz was having none of it. Now Israel's president said he would give Gantz a chance to try forming a coalition gov – with 28 days to get it done. Otherwise, Israel could hold its third election in less than a year.
This is the first time in more than a decade that someone other than Netanyahu – Israel's longest-serving PM – has a chance to lead the government. And leaves the future of Israel's politics up in the air.
Looks like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is staying put for another term.
What's going on there, eh?
Yesterday was the country's general election, with 338 parliamentary seats up for grabs. Heading into it, it was a tight race between Trudeau, the Liberal Party leader, and Andrew Scheer, the Conservative Party leader. Since Trudeau first came into office in 2015, he's legalized marijuana, worked out a new trade deal with the US and Mexico, and has become known as a progressive leader on the world stage. But he's been hit by scandal after scandal this past year, including allegations that he interfered in a corporate corruption case and revelations that he wore brownface and blackface in the past. And some thought it might have been enough to sink him.
But it didn't.
Apparently not. But his party seems to have only squeaked out a win and he's expected to lead a minority government. Meaning he'll have to team up with smaller parties to get things done.
Canadians have complained that the election cycle has been more about attacking candidates and less about real issues. Now it's up to Trudeau to prove that he's ready for another opportunity to deliver on top issues like climate change, health care, and taxes.
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