Israeli President Reuven Rivlin decided today to assign the leader of the Center Party, “There is a future,” Yair Lapid, to form the new government. Rivlin’s decision came after a round of consultations with representatives of the parties in the Knesset, in which 56 members of parliament recommended that Lapid be mandated. The Israeli President said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed him yesterday that he had failed to form a new government.
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According to the French Press Agency – quoting a spokesperson for the Israeli presidency – Rivlin separately received the leaders of the right-wing “right” party, Naftali Bennett, 49, and the Center Party, Yair Lapid, 57, to discuss opportunities to assign one of them to form a government.
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The spokesman added that both men had put up his name to lead the talks to form the government, and according to the same spokesman, Rivlin may also meet with other party leaders during the day if they request a meeting.
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Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu (71 years) had failed to gather a majority among potential right-wing partners, enabling him to form a new government under his leadership, after his 28-day mandate expired, forcing him to reassign him to the Israeli president.
Parliamentary elections were held in Israel on March 23, in which Likud won the largest number of seats, but did not result in a sufficient majority, whether for former Prime Minister Netanyahu or for a loose coalition that includes contestants from all walks of life seeking to overthrow him.
Netanyahu has been struggling to hold on to the position after 4 inconclusive elections since 2019, especially since he has been pursuing a judicial process for months about corruption files. Netanyahu is the longest serving prime minister of Israel, with nearly 15 years. On May 24, his trial began on charges of breach of trust, fraud and bribery in 3 cases of corruption.
Failure to get out of the government formation crisis may lead to new elections, which will be the fifth since 2019, in light of severe polarization and intense differences between the parties.
Israeli law stipulates that in the event that the second person in charge of forming the government fails within 28 days, the president will return the assignment to the Knesset, which must either submit a written recommendation of a deputy with the support of at least 61 deputies, or call new elections.