Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed the office of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, “shortly before midnight, of his inability to form a government.”
The office of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed the presidency “shortly before midnight of his inability to form a government.”
On Wednesday, the mandate granted to Netanyahu to form a government, according to what the presidency announced, which now must choose another person to try to get the country out of the political crisis, or extend the deadline for an additional two weeks.
Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, got a 28-day mandate from the Israeli president to form a government, after the March 23 elections, which were the fourth inconclusive elections in less than two years.
Netanyahu’s Likud party won the largest number of seats in the Knesset, which includes 120 seats, but the results indicated that securing a parliamentary majority of 61 seats is not an easy matter.
Over the past four weeks, the Israeli media has been filled with speculation about potential deals that could see Netanyahu extend his record of 12 consecutive years in power.
But hours before the assignment period ends, the main obstacles ahead remain unchanged.