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Israel: President Rivlin entrusts Bibi Netanyahu with new government

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has entrusted the task of forming the next government to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. According to the indications of the parties, Netanyahu has 52 seats to his credit while Yair Lapid, leader of the opposition, has 45. Netanyahu will have 28 days to reach the majority of 61 seats out of 120 in the Knesset, plus a possible extension of 2 weeks.

“The entrusting of Benyamin Netanyahu with the task of forming the new government is a shame that represents a stain for the State of Israel”: so on twitter the leader of the centrist party ‘Yesh Atid’, Yair Lapid. Lapid acknowledged that “President Reuven Rivlin did his duty and had no other choice.” But the entrusting of the post to Netanyahu, in his opinion, “projects a negative image on Israel as the rule of law”.

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The trial against the Likud leader continues

Also today, the trial of Netanyahu, accused of corruption, fraud and abuse of power, resumed at the Jerusalem District Court for the second consecutive day. Unlike yesterday, the premier is not in the courtroom because his presence is not deemed necessary. The three judges of the court hear today, for the second day, the deposition of the former director of the information site Walla, Ilan Yeshuà, who yesterday said that he had systematically received indications from the premier’s entourage about the setting of the news. According to Haaretz, Yeshuà has meanwhile reported having received a threatening message yesterday from strangers. By decision of the judges, the trial will continue from now at the rate of three hearings a week.

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