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A combination picture shows Benny Gantz (left) and Benjamin Netanyahu. Image Credit: Reuters

Occupied Jerusalem: Israel’s president on Tuesday gave parliament speaker Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 48 more hours to agree on an emergency unity government after both men said a deal was close.

Gantz had requested an extension of the mandate to form a government by President Reuven Rivlin “with the support” of Netanyahu, a presidency statement said.

Rivlin granted an extension until the end of Wednesday “on the understanding that they are very close to reaching an agreement between them,” the statement added.

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