President of Israel Reuven Rivlin pauses during a meeting with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton at the Park Lane Hotel, in New York, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Bryan Pace, Pool)
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Sunday began consultations with representatives of parties elected to parliament last week to hear who they would recommend as prime minister.In Israel, it is not necessarily the leader of the largest party who forms the next government and becomes the premier, but the one who can form a working coalition, preferably with a majority of at least 61 -- in this case, Netanyahu.Netanyahu wants to put together a narrow coalition of rightwing and religious parties which would have a 67-seat majority.
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