Likud said exploring if Knesset speaker can push off swearing in of potential gov’t

Yesh Atid chief Yair Lapid is looking to announce by 11 a.m. tomorrow morning that he can form a government, according to Channel 12 news, with the aim of having Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin schedule a vote to swear in the coalition on June 9.

However, the network says Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud party is looking into whether Levin can push off a vote of confidence in the prospective government, though it cites a ruling by former Supreme Court chief justice Miriam Naor that the vote must be held within a week.

Lapid has until tomorrow at midnight to form a government before his mandate to do so expires and goes to the Knesset for 21 days. If no lawmaker is able to secure a ruling majority by the end of that period, the Knesset will disperse and a fifth round of elections since April 2019 will be called.

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