- Associated Press - Sunday, October 14, 2012

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday announced Jan. 22 as the date for parliamentary elections, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leading in the polls.

Mr. Netanyahu said he was forced to call early elections last week after he was unable to pass a budget for the coming year. Elections originally were scheduled for October 2013.

The Cabinet’s decision awaits final approval from the parliament on Monday, where an endorsement is expected.

Most polls have shown that Mr. Netanyahu is likely to retain his post if the current party alignment remains in place. He has presided over a stable coalition for nearly four years in a country where governments rarely serve out their full terms.

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