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(Worthy News)-- Less than two hours before his deadline was set to expire on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hammered out a deal with Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett, allowing him to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he had successfully cobbled together a 61-seat coalition -- the narrowest of Knesset majorities, the Times of Israel reported.
Netanyahu sent Rivlin a letter confirming that his Likud party had clinched a coalition late Wednesday night, after making the announcement. He now has until next Wednesday to swear in his new cabinet.
"I am honored to inform you that I have been successful in forming a government, which I will request is brought before the Knesset for its approval as soon as possible," Netanyahu wrote in the letter, according to a statement from the President's Residence. The two men later spoke by phone, and Rivlin said, "I congratulate you on completing the formation of the government. I have received your letter of confirmation, and look forward to the convening of the Knesset as soon as possible, to approve the government." --[wp_colorbox_media url="http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-the-11th-hour-netanyahu-finalizes-61-strong-coalition/" type="iframe" hyperlink="Source"]