Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps a loose majority to form government with his far-right and religious partners, leaving the leftist out of Parliament meretz and to Arabic Baladwhen the 90.7% of the votes of the legislative elections on November 1.
LikudNetanyahu’s right-wing party, passed the million vote threshold and remains with 32 seatsaccording to the latest figures from the Central Electoral Committee.
To this are added the 14 seats of Religious Zionism and the 19 of the two ultra-Orthodox parties that form the pro-Netanyahu bloc, giving the former head of government, the longest-serving member of Israel with a cumulative 15 years in power, a total of 65 seats in a Knesset (Parliament) of 120.
In contrast, the defeat of the anti-Netanyahu bloc of parties, led by the current prime minister Yair Lapidis becoming more and more concrete.
Yesh AtidLapid’s centrist party, manages to remain the second force with 24 deputies, but its center, right and left partners have had a dismal result that has weakened the bloc.
In total, they add 55 seats including the 12 from the National Unity party, led by the current Defense Minister, Benny Gantz.
The historical Labor Partywhich ruled Israel for four decades, barely gets the minimum four seats, while the pacifist Meretz does not cross the electoral threshold and would stay out of Parliament for the first time since its creation in 1992.
The Arab Balad party also appears to be left out of the Knesset, dashing hopes of changing the correlation of forces.
Most of the regular votes have already been counted, and basically the so-called double-envelope votes remain, coming from military bases, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons or embassies.
These elections, the results of which are expected tonight, are the fifths celebrated by Israel in less than four years.
The polls prior to the elections had indicated that there would be a technical tie, without any bloc with a sufficient majority to create a government, which led to fears of the chronic continuation of the electoral round and another call to the polls in 2023.
But the current results show that the Netanyahu bloc would have room to rule with a fairly homogeneous right-wing coalition at the ideological level.
(With information from EFE)
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