“President Reuven Rivlin announced on Wednesday that he had tasked Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid with forming Israel’s next government,” the statement says.
Lapid, like Netanyahu before him, has 28 days to try and form a government, though the new prime minister-designate faces an uphill battle to complete the task.
He vowed to “do everything to ensure that an Israeli unity government will be formed as soon as possible so we can get to work for the people of Israel.”
It should be noted that a candidate who has received a mandate from the President needs the support of 61 of the 120 Knesset deputies to form a government. However, there have been situations when the candidate could not form a government in 42 days in the history of Israel. In this case, the President may entrust it to another candidate.
If the second candidate fails to form a government, any of the deputies who entered the parliament can try to do so within 21 days, gaining a majority of votes in support of him in the Knesset. Parliamentarians consisting of at least 61 people must send a request to the President to provide a mandate to form a coalition to a particular candidate.
If none of the deputies manages to form a coalition, new parliamentary elections will be announced in the country.
It will be recalled that the fourth parliamentary elections in two years took place in Israel on March 23. The turnout was the lowest since 2009, especially among Israel's Arab majority. Soon after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced victory in the country's elections.