Israeli President Tasks Netanyahu With Forming New Government

USNews | April 17, 2019

Israel's president on Wednesday nominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to head the next government, after he won the backing of a majority of members of parliament following an April 9 election. In office for the past decade, Netanyahu won a fifth term despite an announcement by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit in February that he intends to charge the prime minister in three corruption cases. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing. "At a time of great turmoil in our region, we have managed not only to maintain the state's security and stability, we have even managed to turn Israel into a rising world power," Netanyahu said at the nomination ceremony after President Reuven Rivlin gave him the mandate to form a new government. Netanyahu has 28 days, with a two-week extension if needed, to complete the task. If, as seems likely, he succeeds, he will become in July Israel's longest-serving prime minister.

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The UK needs to make major strategic infrastructure decisions over the next few years (NAO, 2013a; HMT, 2013). 1 The challenges come from climate change and energy security requirements (e.g. the UK is committed to a legally binding EU target to meet 15% of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% in the domestic Climate Change Act 2008); compliance with policies aimed at protecting public health and the environment (e.g. water companies are required by the EU’s Water Framework Directive to meet environmental quality standards); maintenance and replacement of existing infrastructure.

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The UK needs to make major strategic infrastructure decisions over the next few years (NAO, 2013a; HMT, 2013). 1 The challenges come from climate change and energy security requirements (e.g. the UK is committed to a legally binding EU target to meet 15% of its energy demand from renewable sources by 2020, and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% in the domestic Climate Change Act 2008); compliance with policies aimed at protecting public health and the environment (e.g. water companies are required by the EU’s Water Framework Directive to meet environmental quality standards); maintenance and replacement of existing infrastructure.

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