Netanyahu will be officially invited to form Israel’s next government on Sunday

Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Israeli President Isaac Herzog announced Friday that he will invite Benjamin Netanyahu to form Israel’s next government, paving the way for him to take the country’s top job for a record sixth time and extend his record as the longest-serving leader ancient of the country

Herzog will officially issue the mandate to Netanyahu on Sunday, he said.

Herzog made the announcement after meeting with all factions in parliament, the Knesset, to ask who they would support as prime minister.

In a statement issued by his office, he said: “At the end of the round of consultations, 64 members of the Knesset recommended the chairman of the Likud faction, MP Benjamin Netanyahu, to the president.” He added that 28 Knesset members recommended outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid. The number itself decided not to recommend anyone.

Herzog will meet with Netanyahu at the president’s residence on Sunday to formally give him the mandate. Under Israeli law, Netanyahu will have 28 days to form a new government, with the possibility of a 14-day extension if necessary.

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