JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lost a key vote on Monday on who will join a powerful committee in parliament, facing setbacks as he tries to form a new government. After an election that has no conclusion
Netanyahu has about two weeks to consolidate the government. The defeat in the vote suggests veteran leaders still have a way to dominate the 120-seat Knesset.
Voting is the decision of who will join the staging committee, which in the absence of the new government controls the legislation agenda.
After a move by Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud was rejected in a close vote, his center competitor, Yair Lapid, was able to send his own offer to represent much of the anti-Netanyahu group. up
A small Islamic party showing openness to work with Netanyahu, making it a potential king, was voted by Lapid.
President Reuven Rivlin on April 6 asked Netanyahu to form a government and give him 28 days to do so. If that fails, Netanyahu can either ask Riflin to extend it two weeks before the president touches another candidate or ask Congress to nominate it.
(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch, editing by Timothy Heritage)