Israel’s Gantz nominates himself to be parliament speaker

A file photo taken on March 07, 2020 shows the leader of Israel's Blue and White electoral alliance Benny Gantz delivering a statement in the central Israeli city of Ramat Gan.(AFP)
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Updated 26 March 2020

Israel’s Gantz nominates himself to be parliament speaker

  • The Knesset declared on its website that Gantz was the only candidate to succeed Netanyahu ally Yuli Edelstein

JERUSALEM: Israel’s ex-military chief Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main rival, submitted himself on Thursday as a candidate for speaker of parliament, a move that could lead to an emergency alliance between the two men.
The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, declared on its website that Gantz was the only candidate to succeed Netanyahu ally Yuli Edelstein, who resigned as speaker under pressure on Wednesday.
A formal vote electing Gantz is expected later on Thursday.
A staunch ally of Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, has committed to backing Gantz as speaker.
A source from Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party, who requested anonymity, told AFP that the party leader’s bid to become speaker was part of an effort to form an emergency government with Likud.
Israel has been mired in a crippling political crisis that has seen the country hold three inconclusive elections in less than a year.
Gantz was tasked with forming a government following the last vote on March 2, but there was no guarantee he would succeed, given the deep divisions within the anti-Netanyahu camp.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic that has seen more than 2,600 Israelis infected, there have been widespread calls for an alliance between Netanyahu and Gantz.


Egypt announces death of doctor due to coronavirus 

Updated 30 March 2020

Egypt announces death of doctor due to coronavirus 

  • The doctor showed signs of improvement last night, however, he suddenly deteriorated and passed away today

CAIRO: Egypt has announced the first death of a doctor due to coronavirus in the country. 

Spokesman for the Egyptian Health Ministry Khaled Megahed confirmed the death of Dr Ahmed Al-Lawah, a professor of clinical pathology at Al-Azhar University, from Port Said Governorate, who tested positive for Covid-19. 

Megahed said that as soon as it was reported that Lawah’s status was critical and positive for coronavirus, he was transferred to El Tadamon Specialized Hospital in Port Said.

The reception room in the emergency department was equipped with a respirator and ready to receive the physicist, the spokesman said. 

After his condition stabilized, Lawah was transferred to an isolation hospital. 

Lawah showed signs of improvement last night, however, he suddenly deteriorated and passed away today, the statement said.