Netanyahu fails to form government

May 5, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Benjamin Netanyahu has been unable to form a new government following the 28-day term allotted to him to do so.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Jan. 6, 2020. Photo by Flash90

A statement released by President Reuven Rivlin:

The period of 28 days allotted according to Basic Law: The Government (2001) to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu MK to form a government expired at midnight.

Shortly before midnight, Netanyahu informed Beit HaNasi that he was unable to form a government and so returned the mandate to the president.

Today, Beit HaNasi will contact the parties represented in the Knesset regarding the continuation of the process of forming a government.

The president is considering inviting the other Knesset Members who are candidates for the role of forming the government to meet him and to hear the views of all parties who are interested in stating them.

This morning, the president will meet with Naftali Bennett MK and with Yair Lapid MK. During the day, additional meetings will be scheduled according to requests from party heads and at the president’s discretion.

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