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Israeli president nominates Netanyahu as PM

April 18, 2019 1:48 P.M. (Updated: April 21, 2019 11:55 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's President Reuven Rivlin formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, on Wednesday, granting him 42 days to form a new government with his right-wing and religious parties.

The move was widely expected after Netanyahu's Likud political party and its right-wing allies captured a majority of seats in parliamentary elections last week.

In a joint appearance, during which the two signed and presented the official nomination, Rivlin called on Netanyahu to "heal the wounds and rifts" in Israeli society.
Netanyahu's right-wing bloc, which is made up of Kulanu, the Union of Right Wing Parties, Yisrael Beitenu, and Shas and the United Torah Judaism, command a 65-55 majority in the 120-seat Knesset.

In the coming weeks, Netanyahu will have to negotiate coalition deals with his partners, however, if Netanyahu fails to form a new government within 42 days, then his rival and leader of Blue and White party, Benny Gantz, would be granted an opportunity at forming a government.

It is noteworthy that Netanyahu would officially become Israel's longest-serving prime minister.

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