Benjamin Netanyahu asked to try and form Israel’s next governmentavril 6, 2021
Netanyahu, the country’s Israel’s longest-serving leader, will now have 28 days to break the country’s political impasse and form a governing coalition, but can request a two-week extension from the President, who has the option of assigning the task to someone else if no government is formed
Last month’s inconclusive and unprecedented fourth general election in just two years means there will be furious negotiations over the next few weeks as Netanyahu will have to win over enough parties to form the 61 seat majority needed to rule.
Mr Netanyahu received the most amount of recommendations securing 52 lawmakers in the 120-member Knesset.
Centrist politician and ex-Finance Minister Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid party gleaned 45 endorsements and former Defence Minister Naftali Bennett of the far-right Yamina party got seven.
Israel has been stuck in a political stalemate as after four elections, seen by many as referendums on Mr Netanyahu’s rule, have all proved inconclusive.
The five term prime minister, Israel’s longest serving premier, has been campaigning under the shadow of three corruption cases, charges he has vehemently and repeatedly denies.
On Monday he was once again in the dock, while political parties across town announced their choice of endorsement for the prime minister.
Netanyahu attended part of Monday’s court hearing once again accusing the prosecution’s case was “an attempted coup” aimed at ousting a “strong, right-wing prime minister”.