Benjamin Netanyahu has informed Israel’s president that he is unable to form a coalition government after talks with his political rival Benny Gantz broke down.
The office of President Reuven Rivlin said on Monday evening that Netanyahu had announced he would be “returning the mandate to form the government to the president because he was unable to do [so]”.
The move does not necessarily end Netanyahu’s chances of leading the country’s next administration. Gantz, the head of the opposition, will now have 28 days to attempt to forge a coalition, or risk another election being called.
If Israelis go to the polls again it would be the third time in a year, after two inconclusive election results pushed the country into a political crisis.
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