Israel appears to be on the brink of a new political era after an awkward coalition of parties from across the political spectrum announced it had formed a government.
Taking negotiations up to the wire, opposition leader Yair Lapid informed the country's president late on Wednesday that he had struck a power-sharing deal with a broad grouping of right, centre and left-wing parties.
The formation of a "change government" should, in theory, bring to an end 12 years in power for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and two years of political stagnation with four inconclusive elections but there are still hurdles to jump.
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