Yisrael Beytenu recommends Netanyahu; Rivlin says no doubt he will task PM with forming coalition

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March 23, 2015 14:23

 
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Following a meeting with Yisrael Beytenu, President Reuven Rivlin said that there was no doubt that he would pick Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who now has 67 nominations, to form the next government.

Rivlin, who has yet to meet with Meretz to complete the round of consultations, which he is mandated to hold by law, noted that nothing that Meretz can say can change the equation.

The score before the Meretz meeting is 24 nominations for Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, 67 for Netanyahu, and 24 MKs have decided not to nominate anyone.

Rivlin noted that after tasking someone to form a government, if that person succeeds, the government must still be approved by the Knesset and it is not necessarily a given that all those who nominated Netanyahu will vouch for his government.


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