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Netanyahu rival Gantz to be named Wednesday to try to form Israeli government

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Netanyahu rival Gantz to be named Wednesday to try to form Israeli government
Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party looks on during his party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun   -   Copyright  RONEN ZVULUN(Reuters)
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will on Wednesday task centrist politician Benny Gantz with trying to form the next coalition government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed, Rivlin’s office said on Tuesday.

Netanyahu, a fourth-term conservative whose party tied with Gantz’s in September’s election, told Rivlin on Monday he was giving up on forming the government after failing to win support from a majority of parliament.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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