Israel final election results give Netanyahu an extra seat

Israel: final election results give Netanyahu an extra seat


The Israeli electoral commission released Wednesday the final results of the legislative elections of 17 September, which grant an additional member to Likud, the party of Benjamin Netanyahu, without offering a new horizon to Israel in the political stalemate.

The right-wing Likud sends 32 MPs to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, and the “blue-white” party of centrist Benny Gantz wins 33 seats.

But with the game of alliances, neither Benjamin Netanyahu, which gathers 55 supporters or Benny Gantz who gathered 54 deputies, is able to form a government, the absolute majority being fixed at 61 seats.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who has a week to designate the one in charge of forming a coalition, is seeking to convince Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz to agree to create a unity government.

He must receive them Wednesday night, after having convened Monday at a joint meeting.

The Likud won its extra seat as the ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi party (“United Torah Judaism”) lost a deputy, now with seven seats in the Knesset.

With 13 deputies, the “United List” which brings together the Arab and communist parties becomes the third political force of the country.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister with 13 years in power, including the last ten, must be heard in early October to face charges of “corruption”, “fraud” and “breach of trust” in three cases.

A prime minister, if indicted, is not required to resign until he has been sentenced and all remedies have been exhausted.

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