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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on December 22, 2020. Image Credit: AFP

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 28-day mandate to form a government following inconclusive elections in March expired Wednesday, the presidency said, creating an opportunity for the premier’s rivals to take power.

“Shortly before midnight, Netanyahu informed Beit HaNasi (President Reuven Rivlin’s office) that he was unable to form a government and so returned the mandate to the president,” a statement from Rivlin said.