Israel president tasks Netanyahu to form new govt: statement

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin tasked Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new government after last week’s deadlocked elections, following a joint meeting between Rivlin, Netanyahu and the premier’s main challenger Benny Gantz. (AFP)
Updated 25 September 2019

Israel president tasks Netanyahu to form new govt: statement

  • Netanyahu will have 28 days to form a government
  • Neither Netanyahu or Gantz has a clear path to a majority coalition

JERUSALEM: Israel’s president on Wednesday tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new government after last week’s deadlocked elections, his office announced.
The announcement followed a joint meeting between President Reuven Rivlin, Netanyahu and the premier’s challenger Benny Gantz.
Netanyahu will have 28 days to form a government, with a possible two-week extension.
If all attempts fail, Rivlin can then assign the task to someone else.
Rivlin has been urging Netanyahu and Gantz to form a unity government, but a compromise appears a long way off.
Final results from September 17 elections gave Gantz’s centrist Blue and White 33 seats, ahead of Likud’s 32 out of parliament’s 120.
Neither has a clear path to a majority coalition.
Netanyahu received the endorsement of 55 members of parliament for the post of prime minister after the election, while Gantz received 54.


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