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Likud formally recommends Netanyahu receive mandate to form government

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Likud party head Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and faction chair Yariv Levin (R) lead their party's faction meeting at the Knesset, May 23, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Likud party head Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and faction chair Yariv Levin (R) lead their party's faction meeting at the Knesset, May 23, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Likud party formally recommends its leader Benjamin Netanyahu receive the mandate to form Israel’s 37th government, in its post-election consultation with President Isaac Herzog.

“Israel has gone through a long period of uncertainty with elections” and wants stability, says Likud faction director MK Yariv Levin at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

Likud won 32 seats, and with its right-wing and ultra-Orthodox partners would hold a 64-lawmaker majority in the 120-seat Knesset.

Herzog will meet with the Yesh Atid, National Unity, and Shas parties today, and finish meeting all parties on Thursday and Friday. He is expected to give the mandate to Netanyahu on Sunday.

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