Netanyahu finally manages to form a government after weeks of wrangling
Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has finally managed to form a government after weeks of deadlock between the three major parties, AP reported on Thursday.
According to a spokeswoman for one of the parties involved in the negotiations, they will sign off on the coaltion later today.
The agreement follows a series of talks between Netanyahu and the more right-wing parties in the Israeli political scene. The prime minister clashed with the Jewish Home and Yesh Atid parties over welfare to Ultra-Orthodox Jews and military conscriptions.
However, a spokesperson for Yesh Atid, speaking to AP on condition of anonymity, said a deal had finally been struck.
Netanyahu's Likud-Yisrael Beitenu bloc managed to win 31 seats at the latest elections but needed a further 30 seats to make up an overall majority.
Israeli president, Shimon Peres, agreed to extend the deadline earlier this month after the prime minister failed to form a coalition.
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