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Israel's Netanyahu lost but wants to be co-PM with Gantz

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 19, 2019
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has hinted he might be open to a power-sharing arrangement with main rival Benny Gantz.
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Netanyahu called for a unity government, and hinted that himself and Gantz could be Prime Ministers on a rotating basis.

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It marks a climb-down for the Prime Minister of 10 years, who also served in the roll during part of the 1990s, who had vowed to form a right-wing government.

However he was forced into the concession after neither his Likud or Gantz’s Blue and White Party were able to get a majority in Tuesday’s vote.

With 95 per cent of votes counted according to local reports, the Likud-led right-wing bloc will have 55 seats, against the centre-left’s 56.

“Benny, we must set up a broad unity government, as soon as today. The nation expects us, both of us, to demonstrate responsibility and that we pursue cooperation,” Netanyahu said.