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Israeli president to pick candidate next week to try to form government

Whether Israel can form a government might not be known for weeks, leaving open the possibility of a fifth election in the space of two years.

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Israel’s president will begin consultations with political parties next week on their chosen candidate to attempt to form a government, a spokesperson held. This was the fourth election in the space of two years which ended in another deadlock.

After considering the parties’ proposals, President Reuven Rivlin will consign the coalition-assigning task to one of the candidates by April 7.

An ultimate milieu from the March 23 election declared that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party, Likud, and kindred cliques took control of 52 seats in the 120-member parliament. A potential opposition grouping took 57 seats.

With no calm way to a governing preponderance, Netanyahu’s political destiny may depend on the leaders of two wild-card parties, the far-right Yamina led by ex-defense minister Naftali Bennett and Na’am, a pro-Arab party led by Mansour Abbas.

A jerry-rigged opposition syndicate of left-wing, moderate and rightist parties, that also came up short of a majority, made no proclamation of any formal alliance or who might lead it.

Of all the prospective parties in such an association, centrist Yesh Atid, ruled by former finance minister Yair Lapid, won the most legislative seats, 17, in last Tuesday’s vote.

Likud apprehended the most seats in the election with a total of 30, but Rivlin is under no legal obligation to choose Netanyahu to form a government and can pick another candidate instead on the basis of the parties’ endorsements.

The one which Rivlin nominates will have up to 42 days to try to form an administration before the president consigns the task to somebody else. If the second candidate miscarries, Rivlin can ask the parliament to try to select someone. If that ascertains ineffective, Israel will head into a fifth election expected to be held in the summer.

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