The president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, has asked opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to secure enough support to form a coalition.
Lapid, the chairman of the centrist Yesh Atid party will have a 28-day mandate to form a government. He has so far received 56 recommendations from lawmakers from across Israel’s 120-seat Knesset.
The politician has pledged to rotate as prime minister with Naftali Bennett, the chairman of the right-wing Yamina party, who has seven recommendations.
Rivlin made the announcement in a televised speech on Wednesday, saying it was clear Lapid could form a government, given the support for him in the Knesset.
Israel, which has held four elections in two years, has been “caught in a maze – if not a political crisis,” the president said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Bennett urged all political parties to form a “broad emergency government” in order to avoid a fifth election.
At midnight local time on Tuesday, Netanyahu, Israels longest-serving leader, missed the deadline to form a government.
His right-wing Likud party won 30 seats in the Knesset in the March election, making it the largest party, ahead of Yesh Atid, which took 17 seats.
Credit: RT News