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Israel's ruling coalition becomes minority after lawmaker quits

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem May 15, 2022. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS

Israel's ruling coalition on Thursday became a minority in parliament when a lawmaker from a left-wing party quit, leaving Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with a more precarious grip on power.

The defection by Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, who in a letter circulated in Israeli media said she was pulling her support for the government on ideological grounds, leaves Bennett controlling 59 of the 120 seats in the Knesset.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; editing by John Stonestreet)