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Gantz tells president he’s ending coalition bid, paving way for fresh elections

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz informs President Reuven Rivlin that he has failed to form a governing coalition, all but assuring Israel will be headed to a third round of elections in under a year, according to a party statement.

The centrist leader concedes defeat in a phone call with the president, ahead of a planned speech, after unity talks with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu broke down.

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