Gantz to receive mandate to form government tomorrow night

President Rivlin to give Blue and White leader chance to form government after PM Netanyahu returns mandate.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Benny Gantz at Kiryat Ono event, August 7th, 2019
Benny Gantz at Kiryat Ono event, August 7th, 2019

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz will receive the mandate to form a government from President Reuven Rivlin tomorrow night, the President's office announced Tuesday evening.

Director of the President's office Harel Tobi had conversations with all Knesset factions requesting their recommendation for a candidate to form the next government after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu returned the mandate to the president last night.

After receiving word that the parties' positions had not changed, President Rivlin decided to give the mandate to Gantz at 8 PM Wednesday night.

Under the Basic Law, Gantz will have 28 days to form the government, and he will not be able to request a further extension. If Gantz fails to form a coalition, the President will inform the Speaker of the Knesset, and individual MKs will be able to recommend candidates for prime minister.