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Tzipi Livni

Israel's president begins meetings that will lead to new government

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began consultations Sunday with representatives of the country's political parties as a prelude to naming the head of a new government, presumably incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu.

Although it is widely assumed that Netanyahu will head the next government, it is up to the president to determine who will form a governing coalition. After meeting with the various factions, Rivlin is expected to announce his decision this week.

Before last week's elections, Rivlin was open about his desire to see a unity government led by Netanyahu's conservative Likud Party and the more liberal Zionist Union, headed by Isaac Herzog. But with his decisive victory at...