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Israeli president instructs Netanyahu to form a government

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has tasked Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new coalition government.

Netanyahu said during his ceremony to form a government, on Wednesday: “If I can not do so, I will re-authorize you … We will establish a broad-based unity government.”

Netanyahu will have 28 days to form a government with a possible 14-day extension.

The mandate of Netanyahu to form a new government after the failure of consultations between him and his main rival in the recent legislative elections, leader of the coalition “Blue White” Benny Gants, on the formation of a government of national unity.

It is worth mentioning that the right-wing parties led by the “Likud” won 55 seats in the Knesset out of 120, while “Blue Blue” and his allies won 54 seats.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been head of the Israeli government since March 2009.

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