Monday 26 June 2017

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu forms Israel coalition

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.

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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