Israeli president to name PM-designate Wednesday

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) attends consultations with representatives of the Likud party at his residence in Jerusalem on March 22, 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to be tasked on Wednesday with forming the next coalition government as official results of the March 17 election are published. The presidency said in a statement that the head of the Central Elections Committee would formally deliver the results to President Reuven Rivlin late afternoon. Then at 7:30 pm (1730 GMT) Rivlin is to give the member of parliament selected to form the next parliament an invitation to do so. Netanyhu’s rightwing Likud party won 30 of parliament’s 120 seats, compared with 24 for its nearest rival, the centre-left Zionist Union.

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