Thursday 27 October 2016

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu forms Israel coalition

Published 06/05/2015 | 21:40

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has completed the formation of a new coalition government, less than an hour before a midnight deadline.

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President Reuven Rivlin's office said Mr Netanyahu called late today to inform him that the deal was done.

An official in Mr Netanyahu's office also confirmed a deal.

The announcement came after marathon talks with the hard-line Jewish Home Party.

The deal will put Mr Netanyahu at the head of a narrow coalition, controlling just 61 seats in the 120-member parliament.

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