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Benjamin Netanyahu to Appoint Moshe Kahlon as Israel’s Finance Minister

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he will appoint Moshe Kahlon as the country’s finance minister.

Kahlon, the founder and leader of the center-right Kulanu party, met with Netanyahu on Tuesday night, Haaretz reported. A day earlier, Kahlon had announced that his party, which won 10 Knesset seats in last week’s election, would join a coalition with Netanyahu, helping propel the prime minister to the majority needed to form a government.

Under Netanyahu, Kahlon has served as minister of communications and of welfare and social services. He is known for championing middle-class economic issues. In 2014, Kahlon broke from Netanyahu’s Likud Party to form Kulanu.

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