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Benjamin Netanyahu misses deadline to form Israel government, opening door for rivals

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government following an inconclusive election expired on Wednesday, giving his rivals a chance to take power and end the divisive premier’s record tenure.Netanyahu, on trial over corruption charges he denies, had a 28-day window to secure a coalition following the March 23 vote, Israel’s fourth in less than two years.The 71-year-old’s right-wing Likud party won the most seats in the vote, but he and his allies came up short of an…Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate to form a government following an inconclusive election expired on Wednesday, giving his rivals a chance to take power and end the divisive premier’s record tenure.Netanyahu, on trial over corruption charges he denies, had a 28-day window to secure a coalition following the March 23 vote, Israel’s fourth in less than two years.The 71-year-old’s right-wing Likud party won the most seats in the vote, but he and his allies came up short of an…Read MoreSouth China Morning Post