Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has instructed Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a new government.
On March 23, the country held its fourth election in two years, although neither party won a majority or enough support to form a coalition government.
After the mandate given by the president, Netanyahu has 28 days and, if necessary, another 2 weeks to form a coalition government.
If the government fails to be formed within this period, the president has the right to entrust its formation to someone else.
Before authorizing Netanyahu to form a government, the president held consultations in the Knesset. Of the 120 lawmakers, Netanyahu received the support of 52 lawmakers to form the government, with former Finance Minister Yair Lapidman 45 and former Defense Minister 7.
Netanyahu has been charged with bribery and fraud, but he has pleaded not guilty.
The President clarifies that by law, the Prime Minister can continue to exercise his rights and duties even when a case is brought against him.