March 27, 2023

Israel Election: Counting of 88.6 percent ballots completed, then Netanyahu can become PM, read this report

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Jerusalem. With nearly 90 percent of the ballots counted in Israel’s general election, veteran politician Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to becoming prime minister again. This information was given in official figures. Actually, there are 120 seats in the Parliament of Israel. Netanyahu’s Likud party and its allies are expected to win 65 of these seats. The newspaper ‘Jerusalem Post’, citing data from the Central Electoral Committee, said that Likud party leader Netanyahu (73) will certainly be Israel’s next prime minister after nearly 90 percent of the ballots are counted.

The Netanyahu coalition will consist of 65 MKs (members of Israel’s parliament), while the Lapid bloc will consist of 50 and Hadash-Taal five. According to figures released on Wednesday, after 88.6 percent of the votes were counted, Likud had 32, Yesh Atid 24, Religious Zionism Party (RZP) 14, National Unity 12, Shas 11, United Torah Jews. Dharma (UTJ) had eight, Israel Beytenu five, Ram five, Hadash-Tal five and Shram four.

According to the Times of Israel newspaper, the number of women in the Netanyahu-led coalition will drop drastically. Current results show nine women MKs among parties that support the former prime minister, with none of the ultra-conservative factions. Based on these results, a possible coalition led by Netanyahu will have nine women members, including six in his Likud party and three from the ultra-Orthodox faction, although this figure could increase through ministerial-level appointments.

Post-poll polls predicted that pro-Netanyahu parties could win 65 seats. The coalition includes Netanyahu’s Likud Party, Far Right Religious Zionism/Jewish Power, the ultra-Orthodox party Shas and United Torah Judaism. Israel has been at a political standstill in 2019 after Netanyahu, 73, was charged with bribery, fraud and betrayal. Netanyahu has been Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, ruling for 12 consecutive years – while ruling the country for a total of 15 years. He had to step down from power last year.

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