Benjamin Netanyahu to be Next PM of Israel: He is once again ready to take oath as Prime Minister after the mandate in Israel’s election went in favor of former PM Benjamin Netanyahu. On Sunday (November 13), Israel’s President Isaac Herzog invited Netanyahu to form a new government. Netanyahu will become Israel’s prime minister for a record sixth time.
Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a tweet, “After a series of election campaigns, the people clearly decided in favor of forming a government headed by me. I would like to thank all 64 Knesset members who recommended me. We will do everything so that with God’s help, this is a stable and successful government, a responsible and dedicated government, which will work for the benefit of all the residents of the country without exception.
Government has to be formed in so many days
Israeli President Isaac Herzog made the announcement for Netanyahu on Friday (November 11) after meeting with all factions of parliament. After the President handed over the mandate to Benjamin Netanyahu, he has 28 days to form a new government. However, according to Israeli law, the President has the right to extend it by 14 days if needed.
Five elections in four years
Israel has seen elections five times since 2019 due to political instability for nearly four years. Israel has 120 seats in the parliament. According to the Central Election Committee, more than 67 lakh eligible voters cast their vote through 12,495 ballot papers. In the elections held on November 1, 18,000 police officers were deployed across the country to prevent fraud, oversee traffic and security arrangements.
What did PM Modi say for Netanyahu?
Netanyahu is known as the longest serving leader in Israel. He has returned to power with his right-wing Likud party and ultra-conservative coalition. Netanyahu was prime minister for 12 consecutive years before being ousted by a cross-partisan coalition led by Yair Lapid in June 2021.
Prime minister Narendra Modi has also congratulated Netanyahu on the victory. On the results in favor of Netanyahu, PM Modi wrote in the tweet, “Congratulations to my friend Benjamin Netanyahu for the election success. I look forward to continuing our joint efforts to deepen the India-Israel strategic partnership.”