Israel's Prime Minister-designate set about forming a new government on Friday (April 26), after receiving official authorisation from President Ephraim Katzir at a Jerusalem ceremony.
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"I was asked to take it upon myself to form a new government. I responded positively. I am going to try my best to form the new cabinet in as short a time as possible. I'll try my best to do it on the basis of the platform of the alignment for the elections of the eighth Knesset. I am going to try to do my best to form the new cabinet on the basis of the present parliamentary coaliton. I hope, Mr. President, that I'll be in a position in a relatively short time to present to you the new cabinet, thank you."
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Background: Israel's Prime Minister-designate set about forming a new government on Friday (April 26), after receiving official authorisation from President Ephraim Katzir at a Jerusalem ceremony.
Despite reports that he has a tough task ahead, Mr. Rabin said he hoped he could set up a government quickly. He has a statutory 21 days in which to put together a new coalition -- and could qualify for a further 21 day extension. In the meantime, the caretaker Government under outgoing Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir stays in office.
The Labour Party, of which Mr. Rabin is the newly elected leader, controls only 54 of the 120 seats in the Knesset (Parliament). In the past Labour has relied on a coalition with the Independent Liberals and the National Religious Party. But the latter grouping is currently demanding a broader coalition, to include the opposition Likud with its 39 seats.
Negotiations with the other parties were due to start at the weekend. Although during his speech at the ceremonies on Friday, Mr. Rabin said he believed he could persuade the parties of the outgoing coalition to form a new government.