Netanyahu misses deadline to build a new government. Here's what comes next

By CNN7 days ago

(CNN)Benjamin Netanyahu's hold on the Premiership of Israel looks a little less secure after a deadline to build a new government passed at midnight (5pET).

Seconds before the deadline passed, a statement from the Prime Minister's Likud party announced he had returned the mandate to form a new government back to President Reuven Rivlin.

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The onus is now on the President to decide which of Israel's other political leaders he might entrust with the task of trying to form a governing coalition, or whether to pursue a different path to secure a breakthrough.

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