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Binyamin Netanyahu Appears to Have Won A Fifth Term

TEL AVIV – After Months of heated campaigning, Israeli voters decided to change very little with most of the votes counted the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, appears to have won a fifth term in office, the Economist Magazine said Wednesday.
His Likud party is tied with Blue and White, a center-left party led by Benny Gantz, a former chief of the armed forces. Both have 26% of the vote. But the right-wing and religious bloc, of which Likud is a part, won a combined 54%.
That will mean a majority for the coalition of between 65 and 67 seats in the 120-member Knesset, about the same share it holds now. It could take another day or two to finish counting votes. With several parties perched close to the 3.25% threshold to enter the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, the results may change a bit. But Mr Gantz does not appear to have a viable coalition, nor a way to stop Mr Netanyahu from forming one.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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