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World Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government with him

20:45  19 september  2019
20:45  19 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu , and his main rival , Benny Gantz , have agreed to form a national unity government , ending a A copy of the power-sharing agreement said Netanyahu , currently the interim leader, would remain in the role for 18 months before handing over to Gantz , a

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Thursday on his main rival, former general Benny Gantz, to join him in a broad, governing coalition after Israel's election ended with no clear winner.

A spokeswoman for Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party, had no immediate response to the surprise offer from Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party.

The change of strategy reflected Netanyahu's weakened position after he failed again in Tuesday's election, which followed an inconclusive ballot in April, to secure a parliamentary majority.

Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a suit and tie: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement during a news conference in Jerusalem © Reuters/RONEN ZVULUN Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement during a news conference in Jerusalem

"During the election campaign, I called for the establishment of a right-wing government but to my regret, the election results show that this is impossible," Netanyahu said.

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"Benny, we must set up a broad unity government, as soon as today. The nation expects us, both of us, to demonstrate responsibility and that we pursue cooperation."

On Wednesday, Gantz said he hoped for a "good, desirable unity government". But he has also ruled out forming one with a Netanyahu-led Likud, citing looming corruption charges against the prime minister. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.

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