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The end of the Netanyahu era - almost definitively

For the second time this year, Israel's Prime Minister has failed to form a government, and the mandate will now go to his rival to attempt it. But with the odds of success there equally uncertain, it means Mr Benjamin Netanyahu could still make a comeback.

For more than a decade, Israel's opposition has been waiting for this moment. Twenty-six days after Prime Minister Netanyahu received a mandate to form his fifth government in a row, he conceded defeat to the Director-General of the Presidency, returning his mandate over the phone on Monday night.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2019, with the headline 'The end of the Netanyahu era - almost definitively'. Print Edition | Subscribe