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By slenderest majority, Netanyahu forms governing coalition in Israel

By slenderest majority, Netanyahu forms governing coalition in Israel

In a political drama that played out down to the wire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a slender majority to form the country’s next government and keep him in office for a third consecutive term and his fourth in two decades. Less than two hours before the midnight Wednesday deadline for forming a government, Netanyahu announced that he had reached agreements with enough political parties to give him a parliamentary majority. Failure to form a coalition could have cost the prime minister his post. The emerging government will be based on a coalition of Netanyahu’s Likud party, the Orthodox religious parties of Shas and United Torah Judaism, as well as the...

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