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Lapid informs Rivlin he’s managed to form a gov’t, but difficulties remain

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid (R) and Yamina head Naftali Bennett in the Knesset plenum for the election of Israel's 11th president, June 2, 2021. (Dani Shem Tov/ Knesset)
Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid (R) and Yamina head Naftali Bennett in the Knesset plenum for the election of Israel's 11th president, June 2, 2021. (Dani Shem Tov/ Knesset)

After a long nail-biter of a day on all sides of the political spectrum, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid has informed President Reuven Rivlin that he has succeeded in forming a government, potentially ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 years leading Israel.

The government would see Naftali Bennett serve as prime minister for two years, succeeded by Lapid for two.

However, difficulties are said to remain, particularly with Yamina MK Nir Orbach who is threatening to vote against the government. The parties currently need every vote to get Knesset approval of the change coalition.

There is talk of some members of the Joint List potentially helping the coalition get through the Knesset vote.

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