URGENT ¥¥¥ Israel's Netanyahu tells Peres government formed

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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