Netanyahu seeks early election, fires top ministers

December 2, 2014 6:10 PM

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Netanyahu seeks early election, fires top ministers

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signaling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel.

Netanyahu's government, which only took office last year, has been unraveling over an array of issues, including the 2015 budget and a Jewish nation-state bill that critics say discriminates against Arab citizens.

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