President Reuven Rivlin set to give Yair Lapid next mandate


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President Reuven Rivlin set to give Yair Lapid next mandate
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not expected to return mandate early.
APRIL 22, 2021

President Reuven Rivlin will give Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid the mandate to form a government the day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate ends on May 4, sources close to Rivlin said on Thursday. Netanyahu’s associates have admitted that he has given up on forming a government but said he does not intend to return the mandate early and take the advice of advisers who told him it would catch Lapid and Yamina leader Naftali Bennett unprepared.

“Whoever receives the most recommendations from the factions will receive the mandate,” said a source close to the president. Rivlin will not invite every faction to the President’s Residence for consultations, but he will invite whichever factions have changed their recommendation since the first round to either visit him or call. In the first round, Lapid received 45 recommendations and Netanyahu 52, so Rivlin gave Netanyahu the mandate. While it is possible that parties who supported Netanyahu last time will recommend Bennett, even those closest to Bennett said he does not believe he will receive more recommendations than Lapid.