Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said he intends to ask President Reuven Rivlin for an extension to finalize coalition talks.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu reaches the first deadline to form his fifth government. If Rivlin accepts Netanyahu’s request, the prime minister has until May 29 to form a government.

Likud’s spokesman said the request came as a result of “a crowded schedule that included… Pesach, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut and security events.”

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