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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.

Tweet by @Reuven Rivlin Source: Reuven Rivlin/Twitter

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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