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Israel's president calls on Netanyahu to form a government
Israel's president calls on Netanyahu to form a government

A week after his party came out on top in national elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally tapped Wednesday to form Israel’s next government, his fourth since 1996. President Reuven Rivlin made the decision after meeting this week with members of more than a dozen political parties to hear them out. Factions representing a majority -- 67 lawmakers in the 120-seat parliament -- backed Netanyahu as the next prime minister. Israeli law does not oblige the president to assign the task of forming the government to the party that won the largest share of votes, in this case Netanyahu’s Likud. But Rivlin noted that "in a democracy, the majority decides, and...

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