Israeli President Reuven Rivlin handed over the mandate to form a government to Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid on Wednesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unsuccessful efforts to recruit a new executive.
Lapid has 28 days until June 2 to form a government coalition. He has already confirmed his intention to form a government with Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett that would swap the role of prime minister with him.
Rivlin held meetings with Lapid and Bennett at the president’s residence this Wednesday, as part of a round of contacts that, according to information from The Jerusalem Post, calls for a second term to form a government.
At his request, the other party leaders had sent him their recommendations. Lapid was supported by 56 members of the Israeli Knesset or the Israeli parliament, while Bennett was only supported by the seven members of his party.
Netanyahu confirmed in the early hours of Wednesday that after his term ended at midnight, he had failed to reach an agreement, backed by the parliamentary majority that emerged from the March MPs. The fourth took place in a little over two years.
Lapid was the main favorite, especially after winning the support of Nueva Esperanza, the party led by Gideon Saar. The Joint List, which brings together groups with an Arab majority, has also spoken out in favor of them.