Benjamin Netanyahu

This was reported by The Jerusalem Post.

According to the results of processing 99 percent of the ballots, “Likud”, which is headed by the acting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has won 30 seats in the Knesset out of 120. In the second place – the center-left bloc “Zionist camp” of Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Herzog – it has 24 seats. It is followed by the “United Arab List” with 14 seats.

Netanyahu announced his “great victory” and began negotiations on creating a new government: together with the settler lobby, right and religious parties, “Likud” controls more than half of the parliament seats.

Pre-election polls indicated the advantage of the “Zionist camp”, and exit polls showed that the center-left and the right will receive 27 mandates each.

Early parliamentary elections were announced after in December of 2014 the ruling coalition fell apart. Then, the Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissed the Minister of Finance Yair Lapid and the Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni.

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