UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Israel’s Central Election Commission on Wednesday released the final results of the September 17 election, which gives Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party an extra seat, but does not give a new prospect to resolve Israel’s political stalemate.
According to the final results, the right-wing Likud party won 32 seats in the Knesset, compared to 33 seats for the “White Blue” coalition headed by Benny Gantz.
Although Netanyahu was able to win the support of 55 deputies to form a coalition, and Gantz has the support of 54 deputies, but neither of them can form a government because the vast majority of 61 deputies.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who has one week to name someone to form a coalition, is trying to persuade Netanyahu and Gantz to agree on a unity government.
He is due to receive them on Wednesday evening after being summoned by the two also for a meeting.
According to the final results, the ultra-Orthodox religious Yahadut Hatorah party lost to the Ashkenazi deputy, with seven Knesset representatives.
The Joint Arab List received 13 deputies, making it the third political force in Israel.
Netanyahu is to be prosecuted in early October on corruption charges. Netanyahu has been Israel’s longest-serving leader for 13 years, the last 10 years of which have been on a continuous basis.
If charged, Netanyahu as prime minister will not be forced to resign unless convicted.
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