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        2/2/2013, Shevat 22, 5773

      Peres Tasks Netanyahu with Forming New Government

       Israeli President Shimon Peres on Saturday night tasked Binyamin Netanyahu with forming the new Israeli government after two days of intense talks with parties elected to the Knesset. 

      On Thursday, Peres concluded the second day of back-to-back meetings with representatives of all 12 parties voted into Israel's 19th Knesset in last month's general election.

      A simple breakdown of the parties statements to the president over the course of the meetings shows that six parties, comprising 82 out of the total 120 parliament members, are in favor of Netanyahu serving another term as Prime Minister.