Netanyahu finally manages to form a government after weeks of wrangling

Published March 14th, 2013 - 08:20 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, on March 10, 2013. (AFP PHOTO POOL SEBASTIAN SCHEINER)
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, on March 10, 2013. (AFP PHOTO POOL SEBASTIAN SCHEINER)

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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