Sunday 25 September 2016

More time for Netanyahu coalition

Published 20/04/2015 | 09:26

Benjamin Netanyahu has been given a two-week extension to form a new governing coalition in Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu has been given a two-week extension to form a new governing coalition in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been given a two-week extension to form a new governing coalition following his election victory last month.

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He told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he has made progress in negotiations with potential partners but needs more time to form a stable coalition.

Mr Netanyahu has held weeks of negotiations with his nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.

He looks close to finalising deals with two ultra-Orthodox parties and the centrist, economics-focused Kulanu party. But large gaps remain with two nationalist parties led by long-time Netanyahu associates.

President Rivlin granted Mr Netanyahu the extension today. Under Israeli election rules, if Mr Netanyahu fails to form a coalition after that time, Mr Rivlin can task someone else to do so.

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