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Netanyahu to receive mandate to form government from president

Likud party chairman MK Benjamin Netanyahu seen after coalition talks at a hotel in Jerusalem on November 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Likud party chairman MK Benjamin Netanyahu seen after coalition talks at a hotel in Jerusalem on November 6, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is set to arrive at the President’s Residence, where he will receive the mandate to form a government from President Isaac Herzog.

The two will make public statements.

Netanyahu secured the recommendations of the 64 MKs in his right-religious bloc (Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Religious Zionism,) while outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid was nominated by 28 MKs (Yesh Atid and Labor) with the remaining 28 (National Unity, Yisrael Beytenu, Ra’am and Hadash-Ta’al) declining to recommend anyone for the post.

From Sunday, Netanyahu will have 28 days to form a government. The president also has the discretion to give Netanyahu a 14-day extension should he request it.

Coalition negotiations are still ongoing.

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