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Lapid won’t announce formation of government by 11 a.m., likely pushing off swearing-in

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

Head of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid seen after a faction meeting at the Knesset on April 26, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Head of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid seen after a faction meeting at the Knesset on April 26, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid will not inform President Rivlin by 11 a.m. that he has succeeded in forming a coalition, meaning that the swearing-in ceremony for the new government, if reached, would likely be pushed off by a number of days.

While he has until midnight to announce that he has formed a government, Lapid was reportedly hoping to solve the issue and announce that he had an agreement by 11 a.m.

Lapid wants to squeeze in his announcement that he can form a government before the end of the day’s Knesset session, which would force Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin to set a vote of confidence for the emerging coalition by next Wednesday.

If Lapid’s announcement comes too late in the day, after the session, which starts at 11 a.m., has closed, Levin would be able to set a vote for the following Monday, Channel 12 News reports.

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