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Israel president tasks Netanyahu with forming new government

By PTI Updated: Sep 25, 2019 11:33 pm
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday. (PTI)

Jerusalem, Sep. 25 (AFP/ PTI): 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.

By PTI Updated: Sep 25, 2019 11:33:24 pm