Rivlin Asks Netanyahu to Form Israeli Government, Notes Low Chance of Success

Rivlin Asks Netanyahu to Form Israeli Government, Notes Low Chance of Success


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.

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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

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