Israeli president nominates opposition candidate Yair Lapit to form a government
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin instructed the opposition leader on Wednesday night, Yer LapidAfter the failure of the outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in this attempt, form a government.
“I have spoken to the Yir Lapid and told him that I will give him the mandate to form a government. “Rivlin said during an official speech from the presidency headquarters in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu’s term expires at midnight after the March 23 election, when he failed to win a majority of 61 out of 120 delegates on the Knesset (in the Israeli parliament) toward a government coalition.
In the wake of this defeat, the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history has not yet announced his departure, and Rivlin has three days to decide the next stage to emerge from a two-year political crisis.
Ruwan Rivlin received the Lapid on Wednesday morning, as well as Naphtali Bennett, the leader of the far-right Yamina creation. The two asked him for an order to form the next government.
In parallel, The Israeli leader asked the parties to nominate him with potential candidates for office.
“It is clear from the recommendations received that Lobid had the best chance of forming a government”Declared the President of Israel.
Lapid, a member of the 17-seat second-party Yash Adid (a Future) party, now has 28 days to try to win the support of 61 of the 120 delegates in parliament, removing Israel from its long political siege needed to form an executive and avoiding a fifth election in two and a half years. If he wins, he will have a national union government that ousted Netanyahu from power and sought corruption and fraud.
Naphtali Bennett of Ultranationalist Yamina, a prominent player who did not associate himself with Netanyahu or his opponents, recommended himself. He has only seven seats, but in recent weeks he has been in talks with both the Prime Minister and Lapid.
Islamist Ram, another party that could raise the balance with its four seats, decided not to nominate anyone.
However, Lapid – the leader of the opposition until now – will remain The difficult task of trying to form an alliance with a broad mix of parties of very different ideologies From left to right, but they are United in their opposition to Netanyahu.
So, beyond Yash Adid (17 seats), today he is the center-right Blue and White (8), the far-right Israel Nuestro Hocker (7), the center-left Labor Party (7), the pacifist Meredith (6), the right-wing Nueva Esperanza (6) and Five of the six delegates to the United Arab Emirates list.
However, it has not yet reached a majority of 61 delegates, so it should attract potential allies with distant ideologies where Yamina or Islamic Ram may appear.
Other obstacles, Forming an alliance would require the support of at least one Arab party with one or two far-right Zionist organizations, something unprecedented in Israel..
(With information from AFP and EFE)