Israeli President asks Netanyahu to form govt


Tel Aviv, Apr 6 (UNI) Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make the first attempt to form a government after parliamentary elections in March.
"I am under the impression that none of the candidates have a chance to form a coalition," Rivlin said during a live broadcast.
According to Jerusalem post, Rivlin signed a letter of appointment, giving Netanyahu 28 days to form a government. Notably, he did not invite Netanyahu to his office to receive the mandate.
"Given the situation where none of the candidates has the support of the majority — 61 Knesset members, and without additional considerations indicating the candidates' chances to form a government, I came to a decision based on the number of recommendations that lawmaker Benjamin Netanyahu has a slightly better chance of forming a government ... Accordingly, I decided to instruct him to do it," the president said.