Israeli President Reuven Rivlin officially appointed Benjamin Netanyahu prime minister on Wednesday; therefore, the leader will hold the position for a fourth consecutive term.
At the same time, Rivlin instructed the newly appointed prime minister to assemble a ruling coalition setting a 42-days deadline.
"You are now receiving a mandate to form the next government," Rivlin said addressing Netanyahu during a televised ceremony.
The move was anticipated as on Tuesday, the final results of the Israeli election that took place on 9 April were released. They showed that even though the right-wing Likud Party won one seat fewer than earlier data suggested, Netanyahu would still be able to form a new government.
Moreover, on the day following the 9 April election, US President Donald Trump stated that he called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory. The US leader also reinforced US support for the Jewish state.