Likud implores Rivlin to let Netanyahu form coalition

Opening the presidential consultations, Public Security Minister Amir Ohana tells President Reuven Rivlin that the Likud party recommends giving the mandate to form the government to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We believe there is a clear decision of the electorate here, which is reflected in the size of the party,” he says, noting that Likud has 30 seats and is followed by Yesh Atid with only 17.

President Rivlin meeting with Likud representatives, March 5, 2021. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Minister Tzachi Hanegbi adds that “the Basic Law of the Government instructs the president to make a decision based on the data. Maybe 20 years ago there was such a gap between a party in first and second place. Today, it is certainly a clear decision.”

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