Israel’s parliament was given a deep-clean prior to the swearing-in ceremony of several newly elected lawmakers to protect them from COVID-19, Monday, March 16.
READ MORE: Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz will be given the first opportunity to form a new government, Israel’s president said Sunday.
Gantz, the leader of Israel’s Blue and White party, received 61 votes in the Knesset, mandating that President Reuven Rivlin allow Gantz to appoint a speaker from his party and begin pushing legislation.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party received the most votes in the early March elections – the third set of elections over the course of one year – but failed to receive the support of enough allies in parliament to give his party control.
Gantz will now have a month to form a coalition in the Knesset.