Gantz says he should be Israel PM

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 20 Sep 2019

Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main opponent in the country's general election, said yesterday he should be prime minister in a unity government.

Gantz, 60, spoke to journalists after Netanyahu, 69, called for them to join together in a unity government as results from Tuesday's vote showed neither with an obvious path to form a majority coalition.

Gantz's centrist Blue and White is two seats ahead of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud, according to results published by Israeli media with 97 percent of the vote counted.

The ex-military chief said his alliance had the most seats and he should lead the next government. "The public voted clearly in favor of unity," Gantz said.

Netanyahu has been looking for a way to remain in office and continue his reign as Israel's longest-serving prime minister. He also faces the possibility of corruption charges in the weeks ahead.

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