Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed the country’s president Monday he could not kind a new government following deadlocked September elections, creating way for his opponent Benny Gantz to attempt.

“A quick time ago I informed the president that I was handing back my mandate to attempt to kind a government,” Netanyahu stated in a video posted on his official Facebook web page.

The prime minister blamed Gantz for refusing to negotiate on Netanyahu’s preferred terms.

President Reuven Rivlin stated shortly afterwards that he intended to ask ex-military chief Gantz, head of the centrist Blue and White alliance, to attempt to kind a government.

He also will have 28 days to try to do so, and will also face lengthy odds.

Efforts to kind a unity government just after the polls – the second because April – have so far failed.

Blue and White stated in a statement that “the time of spin is more than, and it is now time for action”.

“Blue and White is determined to kind the liberal unity government, led by Benny Gantz, that the men and women of Israel voted for a month ago,” it stated.

By “liberal”, it signalled it would seek to limit the influence of religious parties in forming a coalition