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Monday, April 15, 2019, 16:12
Israeli president begins consultations before tapping new PM
By Associated Press
Monday, April 15, 2019, 16:12 By Associated Press

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin arrive at a welcome ceremony for Rwanda's president at the presidential compound in Jerusalem on July 10, 2017. (THOMAS COEX / AFP)

JERUSALEM — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has begun consultations with representatives of the new parliament's factions ahead of tapping the country's next prime minister.

In one of the president's few non-ceremonial roles, he asks that leader to form a government within 42 days

The talks should be a formality, given the results of last week's general election. The ruling Likud and its traditional nationalist and Jewish ultra-Orthodox parties hold a 65-55 parliamentary majority and are expected to vouch for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Rivlin started his series of meetings on Monday with officials from Likud. He'll then meet members of the 10 other elected factions, in order of largest to smallest, to hear their recommendations, before formally appointing the candidate he believes has the best chance of building a parliamentary majority.

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In one of the president's few non-ceremonial roles, he asks that leader to form a government within 42 days.

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