Israel’s Netanyahu gives up effort to form new government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the inauguration ceremony of Israel's 22nd Knesset. (File photo: Reuters)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was giving up his effort to form a new government after failing to form a coalition following an inconclusive parliamentary election.

Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, said he was returning the mandate back to Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin.

Rivlin said he will now hold consultations with the various political parties to tell them he intends to task Netanyahu’s centrist rival Benny Gantz with the job of putting together a new government.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56