President Shimon Peres officially tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the formation of the new government. The two met at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem on Saturday evening.
Netanyahu, who was reelected on January 22, was recommended by the various party heads, as mandated by the formal political process in Israel.
Currently, the law affords Netanyahu 28 days to create the government. Should he find he is unable to do so, he may request a two-week extension from the president. Peres reserves the final say on approving such an extension and its length.