President Isaac Herzog’s office says he will begin meeting next week with representatives from the various parties in the next Knesset in order to determine which lawmaker to charge with forming a future government.
The consultations will commence once the final results are formally presented to the president one week from today. Herzog will have a further week, until November 16, to announce which lawmaker he will task with forming a government.
That lawmaker will have 28 days to form a government, but is allowed to request a 14-day extension.
After his bloc of right-wing and religious parties made significant gains in yesterday’s election, Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to be tasked with the job. He is not expected to have much difficulty in building a coalition as his bloc has secured a relatively comfortable and homogenous majority.