Most of Joint List to recommend Lapid get mandate to form government

The Joint List alliance of predominantly Arab parties will recommend Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid be tasked with forming the next government, according to Hebrew media reports.

MK Sami Abou Shehadeh, the head of the Arab nationalist Balad sub-faction, is not expected to recommend Lapid, while the Joint List’s five other lawmakers are.

With those five recommendations, Lapid would have the recommendations of 56 MKs to form a government, more than Prime Minister Netanyahu received after the March 23 elections, but still short of the 61 needed for a majority in the Knesset.

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