President Reuven Rivlin will entrust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming his fourth government at the President’s Residence on Wednesday night, after Rivlin receives the official results of the March 17 election from the head of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran.
Netanyahu will have 28 days to form a government – until Wednesday evening, April 22, the night of Independence Day.
If he does not succeed during that period, he can request a 14-day extension, which would end on May 6, the night of Lag Ba’omer.
While formal coalition negotiations will begin on Thursday at the Knesset, there have already been talks between the Likud and all of its expected coalition partners.
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