Bennett's office says he would still stay on as alternate prime minister in the coming months as per an earlier power-sharing agreement with Yair Lapid.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin invites opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a new government — a step that could lead to the end of the lengthy rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Mansour Abbas, leader of Raam party that is expected to win five seats, says “we are prepared to engage” with either Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s camp or his rivals after Tuesday’s inconclusive election.
The grassroots protest movement believes Netanyahu cannot serve as prime minister while he is on trial for multiple corruption charges with many also objecting to his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Paving the path to an unprecedented third election within a year, the preliminary vote on dissolution passed without objections. A new election is expected to be called for March 2, 2020.
President Reuven Rivlin is expected to select the candidate he deems most able to form a stable coalition based on recommendations by PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and Benny Gantz's Blue and White parties.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz emerge head-to-head after nearly over 90 percent of votes from the general election were counted, Israeli media reports.
Now the question is whether Netanyahu can win and form a coalition, with new alliances hoping to topple Israel's longest-serving Prime Minister.
Israelis head to the polls on April 9 to choose parliament and a new prime minister from two candidates facing allegations of corruption: Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz.
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