Israel defence minister quits after ceasefire, government in turmoil

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Israel defence minister quits after ceasefire, government in turmoil

Jerusalem: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation and called for early elections after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire deal, throwing the government into turmoil.

Lieberman also said his party was quitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, leaving the premier with only a one-seat majority in parliament.

Elections are not due until November 2019, but Lieberman's resignation increases the likelihood of an earlier vote.

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