Israeli Prime Minister Bennett will not run in upcoming elections

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will not run in the upcoming elections, his office said Wednesday after he led a broad but fragile coalition government that was unraveled barely a year after taking office.

The government announced last week that it would dissolve the Knesset ahead of elections expected this fall, but the vote needed to dissolve it has been bogged down by disputes with the opposition.

Bennett’s office said he has informed members of his right-wing Yamina party that he will not run in the next election, which is expected in October or November. He will continue to serve as deputy prime minister in an interim government led by Yair Lapid, the coalition architect who is currently foreign minister.

Bennett’s office says he will issue a statement later on Wednesday.