Israel: Netanyahu deadline to form government expires
|bbc.com 04 May 2021 at 19:13|
This will be a blow for Mr Netanyahu, Israel s longest-serving leader, but after the inconclusive result of the last general election in March, it is an outcome that was widely predicted, the BBC s Yolande Knell reports from Jerusalem.
President Rivlin could now give another member of parliament 28 days to try to build a new government.
That is expected to be Yair Lapid, whose centrist Yesh Atid party came second to Mr Netanyahu s right-wing Likud in the last vote.
He would face a challenge to bridge wide ideological differences between the parties he could ask to join a coalition.
If a nominee asked by the president proves unable to put together a government, he can task parliament with selecting a candidate. If it cannot, Israel will hold another election.
A long period of political stalemate in Israel has been complicated by Mr Netanyahu s ongoing trial for corruption , which he denies. His rivals argue he should not remain in office while facing criminal charges.
Mr Netanyahu is Israel s longest-serving leader, having led five governments since 1996. The last, which saw him share power with the then-main opposition party to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic, collapsed in December, triggering the latest elections.