Gantz Wins Chance to End Israel Political Deadlock

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(L-R) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Benny Gantz, former Israeli Army Chief of Staff and chairman of the Blue and White Israeli centrist political alliance join hands as they attend a memorial service for late Israeli president Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl, Israel's national cemetery, in Jerusalem. Photo by: JINIPIX
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President Reuven Rivlin’s office said that he will formally task Gantz with trying to form a coalition government after the latter was endorsed by parties representing 61 lawmakers, while Netanyahu by 58….reports Asian Lite News

TEL AVIV, Sept. 18, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz gives a speech during a rally with supporters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 17, 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main challenger Benny Gantz said on Wednesday morning that it is too early to declare a victory in the country's parliamentary elections and called for a unity government. Initial exit polls posted by Israel's three main TV channels showed Gantz's centrist Blue and White party had a slight lead over Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party in Tuesday's vote, hurting Netanyahu's chances of winning a record-breaking fifth term. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua/IANS) by guoyu.
Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz gives a speech during a rally with supporters in Tel Aviv, Israel, (File)

A joint statement issued by Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and Gantz’ centrist Blue and White party on Sunday said the negotiating teams of both parties would meet “as soon as possible”, media reported.

They also thanked President Reuven Rivlin, who summoned them on Sunday evening for “an urgent conversation” in an attempt to solve the year-long political stalemate.

Earlier on Sunday, Rivlin consulted with leaders of all parties elected in the parliamentary elections on March 2.

His office said that he will formally task Gantz with trying to form a coalition government after the latter was endorsed by parties representing 61 lawmakers, while Netanyahu by 58.

Gantz will have a month to try to form a coalition government.

If he fails, Rivlin could designate Netanyahu with the task.

The election results on March 2 led to another de facto political deadlock like two previous inconclusive rounds of votes in 2019.

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