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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

(JNS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is expected to select Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next governing coalition.

He previously met with the leaders of the parties elected to the Knesset in last week’s election. They include the prime minister’s Likud Party, set to have 35 seats, and United Torah Judaism.

Once Netanyahu is selected, he will have 28 days to form a unity government. The president may grant a 14-day extension, if necessary.

Netanyahu’s re-election to his fifth term makes him Israel’s longest-serving prime minister since founding father and first leader of the Jewish nation, David Ben-Gurion.