ISRAEL (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Reuven Rivlin that he is returning a mandate to form a government, a spokesman for the president’s residence said.
Earlier, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin handed the mandate to form a new coalition government to the current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
28 days were allotted for coalition negotiations and the creation of a government. Now the right to form a government can be transferred to another parliamentarian.
“The president received today a statement by the prime minister that he is returning the mandate to the president because he could not form a government,” the president’s representative said on Twitter.
Netanyahu, who turned 70 on Monday, was the head of the Israeli government for 10 consecutive years.
Thus, he set a record for being prime minister, surpassing the achievement of the founding father of Israel, David Ben-Gurion.
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