Netanyahu Becomes Longest-Serving Israeli Prime Minister

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Netanyahu Becomes Longest-Serving Israeli Prime Minister
But Netanyahu faces a new election in September.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is officially the country's longest-serving prime minister.

Saturday marks his 4,876th day in office — with a ten-year hiatus in between his first term and his next one. That surpasses Israel's founding father, David Ben-Guiron. Netanyahu was first elected in 1996, then again in 2009 and every election after that.

Despite hitting this milestone, Netanyahu is facing an election in September. It comes less than a year after the country's previous election. The new vote is due to Netanyahu failing to form a coalition government.