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Israel's President Starts Talks to Form New Government

Israel's President Starts Talks to Form New Government

Sunday, 22 September, 2019 - 08:45
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin speaks in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. Reuters

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is starting his two-day consultations with all elected parties before deciding upon the prime minister-designate amid post-election deadlock.

Rivlin will begin hearing Sunday the recommendations of various parties at his residence, the Associated Press reported.

The largely ceremonial president is tasked with picking the politician with the best chance of forming a stable coalition. It's usually a formality, but this time Rivlin plays a key role after an almost tied election result.

In last week's vote, Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White party won 33 seats in the 120-seat parliament, while Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative Likud took 31 seats.

Neither can muster a majority coalition with their traditional smaller allies.

According to AP, the emerging compromise appears to be some form of unity government between the two, though both insist upon leading it.

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