Netanyahu given extension after he fails to form a government in time
After failing to meet the deadline to form a new government, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has been given an extra 14 days to try to forge partnerships for his coalition.
President Shimon Peres has extended the initial 28-days after talks with potential partners came to a standstill, following the elections that Netanyahu won in January.
"In these past four weeks I tried to form the broadest possible government. I think the ultra-Orthodox public is prepared to accept [demands by other partners] but the main reason that I have not managed to complete the task by today is because there is a boycott of a certain sector," the Israeli PM said.
The new government has struggled to get ultra-right wing parties, 'Yesh Atid' (There is a Future) and 'Bayit Yehudi' (Jewish Home) on board. The two groups have formed their own coalition since the election and are demanding that welfare to ultra-Orthodox Jews is slashed and that exemptions from military conscription are banned.
However, Netanyahu has managed to form a partnership with leftist party, 'Hatnuah' (The Movement), headed by former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni.
If the prime minister is not able to form a government by March 16, there could be a new poll called.