With Nine Days Left to Form a Government, Can Israelis Be Spared a Third Election?

Just nine days remain until the period ends in which the Knesset can present a candidate to form a government. If that effort is unsuccessful, the Knesset will dissolve and a third round of elections will be inevitable. If, on the other hand, a Knesset member is successful in collecting the required 61 signatures, the president will give that person 14 days to form the government. Here are the possible scenarios:

Can a Knesset member sign in support of more than one candidate?

The law is not specific on this. Eyal Yinon, the Knesset legal adviser, has said that an MK can, in fact, sign in support of more than one candidate because the law doesn’t rule it out. Yinon has noted that his interpretation also increases the chance of establishing a government and gives MKs room to maneuver, which he said is the purpose of the law.

What will happen if two candidates collect 61 signatures?

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