Netanyahu gives up on forming government

Benjamin Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin / Photo: Ronen Zevulun, Reuters

President Rivlin has announced that the task of forming a new government will pass to Blue and White leader Benny Gantz.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has returned the mandate to form a new government following the September 17 election to President Reuven Rivlin. The move, announced in a video on the prime minister's Facebook page, came a little over 24 hours before the 28-period allowed by law to form a government after receiving a mandate to do so was due to expire in any case.

President Rivlin announced that he would now give Blue and White leader Benny Gantz an opportunity to form a government. His chances of success are considered slim. Assuming he fails, Israel faces the prospect of a third election within a year, with few signs that such an election would break the political deadlock. 

Published by Globes, Israel business news - en.globes.co.il - on October 21, 2019

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin / Photo: Ronen Zevulun, Reuters
Benjamin Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin / Photo: Ronen Zevulun, Reuters
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