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Israel's president invites Netanyahu to form a government

The current incumbent’s party won the most seats in an inconclusive election.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu
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ISRAEL’S PRESIDENT HAS named prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the party leader to try to cobble together a governing majority.

Reuven Rivlin’s announcement in Jerusalem today nudged forward the twin dramas over the country’s future and Netanyahu’s fate as his corruption trial resumed.

The charges facing Israel’s longest-serving prime minister posed an extraordinary choice for the country’s president over whether “morality” should be a factor in who should lead the government. 

The 23 March election revolved around whether Netanyahu is fit to continue serving.

His Likud party won the most seats, but no party won a governing majority of 61 seats in the Knesset.

That handed Rivlin the task of deciding who has the best chance of cobbling together a coalition.

Netanyahu denies all charges and says prosecutors are trying to undermine the voters intent and oust him from office.

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