Israel’s president taps Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form next government

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He’s got 42 days to form a government.

Israel’s president taps Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form next government

NBC News, September 25, 2019:

Netanyahu, already Israel’s longest serving prime minister, now has 42 days to try and cobble together a government.

By Saphora Smith and Paul Goldman

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday tapped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the right-wing Likud party to form a new government after receiving the final results of last week’s deadlocked election.“The people of Israel don’t want new elections,” said Rivlin at the presidential residence in Jerusalem after handing the mandate to Netanyahu and passing over primary challenger, former three-star general Benny Gantz from the centrist Blue and White party. “Parties will need to compromise.”

Netanyahu, whose deal-making skills and alliances with right-wing and religious parties have helped make him Israel’s longest serving prime minister, now has 42 days to try and cobble together a government. If he fails to do so the opportunity could pass to the next candidate who the president thinks has the greatest chance of forming a government.

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