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Former Israeli general Benny Gantz gets shot at forming government


Israel’s president is expected to task the ex-military chief Benny Gantz with forging a government, after Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so in the wake of an inconclusive September election.

Neither Gantz’s Blue and White party nor the incumbent prime minister’s Likud came out with a clear win, and few expect the opposition leader to form a coalition through deals with disparate political parties with ease.

He will have 28 days to try, after which parliament can nominate a third candidate, although that appears extremely unlikely given the divided makeup of Israel’s legislature, the Knesset.

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