Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has completed the formation of a new coalition government, less than an hour before a midnight deadline.
President Reuven Rivlin’s office said Netanyahu called late Wednesday to inform him that the deal was done. An official in Netanyahu’s office also confirmed a deal. The announcement came after marathon talks with the hard-line “Jewish Home” Party. The deal will put Netanyahu at the head of a narrow coalition, controlling just 61 seats in the 120-member parliament. Nearly two months after a convincing election victory, Netanyahu has struggled to put together a coalition after a former ally abandoned him this week.
With barely two hours to spare as a midnight (2100 GMT) deadline mandated by law approached, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud sealed an agreement with the ultranationalist Jewish Home, which advocates annexation of parts of occupied territory Palestinians seek for a state. With Jewish Home, the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism and Shas parties and Kulanu, a centrist faction, the Likud-led government will control 61 of parliament’s 120 seats. Click Here for more.
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