Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday handed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the mandate to form a government but cautioned it was not likely the premier would be successful because he lacked support.
Rivlin has given Netanyahu 28 days to form a government but the recurring election deadlock makes it unlikely Netanyahu will succeed.
No party leader in Israel has gained enough support to secure the 61-seat majority needed to form a coalition.
“I am under the impression that none of the candidates have a chance to form a coalition,” Rivlin said.
Rivlin noted the absurdity of being tasked with appointing a candidate to form a government five times during his term as president which began seven years ago. Israel held its fourth national election in two years last month, and a fifth looks increasingly likely.
Fifty-two members of Knesset from four parties recommended Netanyahu, while 45