Rivlin: I will ask Netanyahu to form the next government
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced that a majority of MKs had advised him to have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu form a government after the April 9 election, effectively ensuring his nomination, Israel Hayom reports.
In office for the past decade, Netanyahu won a fifth term despite an announcement by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit in February that he might charge the prime minister in three corruption cases. Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing.
President Reuven Rivlin chooses a party leader whom he judges has the best prospect of putting together a ruling coalition. He was set to announce his candidate on Wednesday.
In broadcast remarks on Tuesday, the second day of Rivlin’s consultations with political parties on their preferences for prime minister, he said Netanyahu “now has a majority of Knesset members” behind him.
“Any room I had for maneuver has effectively been removed at this moment,” he added.