Protesters have been gathering outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem each week for over three months, demanding his resignation.
Gantz, Netanyahu’s chief rival in three elections over the past year, was given the task by Israel’s president last month of forming a new government after winning the backing of a narrow majority of members of the newly elected parliament.
Benny Gantz's nomination marked the first time since 2008 that someone other than Netanyahu, has been asked by Israel's president to build a ruling coalition.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz emerge head-to-head after nearly over 90 percent of votes from the general election were counted, Israeli media reports.
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