Opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu say they have struck a coalition deal, paving the way for his ouster

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A new coalition was formally formed on Wednesday to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from his longtime post.

A deal was struck by opposition leader Yair Lapid and his coalition partner Naftali Bennett minutes before the midnight deadline that would have forced a fifth election in just two years.

As part of the new coalition, Lapid and Bennett will take turns sharing the role of Prime Minister, with Bennett expected to serve the first two years.

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Lapid announced on Twitter that the coalition had been officially presented to President Reuven Rivlin.

“I promise that this government will work in the service of all Israeli citizens, those who voted for it and those who did not,” Lapid said. “He will respect his opponents and do everything in his power to unite and connect all parts of Israeli society.”

The deal is the first-ever coalition agreement signed by an Arab party, the Jerusalem Post first reported.

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