Israeli opposition parties face midnight deadline to form government

2nd Jun, 2021

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Chairman of the Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, delivering a statement to the press in the Knesset on Monday. Photograph: Debbie Hill/AP

Israeli opposition politicians have until midnight on Wednesday to hash out final negotiations to build a coalition government that would end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as prime minister. Under the country’s election laws, opposition leader Yair Lapid’s 28-day mandate to forge a majority by allying with rival parties ends on Wednesday. By this time, he should have informed the president he has succeeded.

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