Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government by 23 October after neither his Likud party nor Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party secured a majority in the snap election. Rivlin is expected to name another nominee with a strong chance of creating a coalition, APA reports quoting sputniknews.
Netanyahu has told President Reuven Rivlin that he is giving back the mandate to form a governing coalition.
"Ever since receiving the mandate [to form a government] I have worked relentlessly … to establish a broad national unity government. This is what the people want", he said in a video posted on Facebook, adding that his efforts to "bring Gantz to the negotiation table … and prevent another election" have failed, stressing that the leader of Blue and White "refused time after time".