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Israel's Netanyahu tells Peres government formed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, on March 10, 2013
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, on March 10, 2013. Netanyahu formally notified President Shimon Peres on Saturday that after 40 days of tortuous negotiations with potential coalition pa

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu formally notified President Shimon Peres on Saturday that after 40 days of tortuous negotiations with potential coalition partners he had formed a new government.

"As you know I was able to form a government," Peres's office quoted Netanyahu as saying at a meeting in Jerusalem. "You gave me the task and I carried it out."

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