Israel’s long-standing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he cannot form a government, handing the opportunity to his political rival.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu has been in power for the past decade but was unable to secure a majority after September’s elections failed to produce a clear winner.
His rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party will now be invited to attempt to form a government.
Netanyahu’s attempts to bring Gantz’s party into government failed.
Announcing the decision to abandon his efforts, Netanyahu said he had tried repeatedly to form a coalition government but had been rebuffed.
ELSEWHERE; The number of people killed in violent protests against rising living costs in Chile has risen to 11.
Santiago Governor Karla Rubilar said at least five people died after looters torched a factory near the capital.
The military and police used tear gas against protesters, and a curfew was imposed in major cities for a third night on Monday.
According to report, a state of emergency already in place in Santiago is to be extended to cities in the country’s north and south.