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Netanyahu’s chief rival promises 'broad' government 'within a few days'

Israel’s president has tapped Blue and White leader Benny Gantz with forming a new government after the third election in less than a year produced no clear winner.

In a serious blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political ambitions, Israel’s president has tasked retired army chief Benny Gantz with forming a new government. 

After receiving the endorsement of 61 lawmakers in the country’s 120-seat Knesset during consultations Sunday, Reuven Rivlin has given Gantz, whose centrist Blue and White Party came up short in Israel’s March 2 elections, 28 days to form a new government.

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