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World Netanyahu tells Israeli president he can't form a government after election deadlock

20:45  21 october  2019
20:45  21 october  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he could not form a new government, after President Reuven Rivlin tasked with him doing so in the wake of a deadlocked election.

Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a suit and tie: Image: ISRAEL-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT© MENAHEM KAHANA Image: ISRAEL-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT

Netanyahu's decision to cut short his efforts leaves the country's political future — and his — uncertain.

He made the announcement in a Facebook posting, according to the Haaretz newspaper.

The opportunity to form a stable government will now likely fall to his rival Benny Gantz, who leads the main opposition Blue and White party.

After inconclusive election results left him short of the governing majority needed to extend his decade-long hold on Israeli politics, Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party entered talks to form a national unity government with the centrist Blue and White.

But those talks appear to have gone nowhere.

Gantz — who is a former army chief of staff — has publicly resisted the idea of allying with Netanyahu, citing looming corruption charges against him.

Paul Goldman reported from Tel Aviv, and Max Burman from London.

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