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Preliminary results of the elections in Israel give Netanyahu a slight advantage

September 18, 2019


The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, would have advanced slightly to his main rival in the elections held on Tuesday in Israel, former Army Chief Benny Gantz, after the Likud and Blue and White have obtained 28.09 and 26 , 63 percent respectively, according to preliminary results with 35 percent of the votes counted.

In third place is Shas, with 8.67 of the support, followed by United Judaism of the Torah, which currently has 8.12 percent of the support in a slow count that seems to follow the trend of the polls at the foot of the ballot box. Fifth is Yisrael Beitenu, a party headed by former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, to whom the polls once again played a fundamental role in the formation of a government.

The polls suggest that the Likud of Netanyahu would be made with about 32 seats – away from the 61 of the absolute majority – although his alliance with ultra-Orthodox and right-wing parties would allow him to go around that threshold.

The polls already predicted practically a technical tie between Likud and Blue and White, as happened after the elections last April, when they obtained the same number of seats. In order to form a government, they must get the support of 61 of the 120 deputies that make up the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.

After those elections, Netanyahu failed to forge a coalition of government despite the fact that the right-wing and religious bloc was the largest in the chamber, so he chose to dissolve Parliament and take out the polls instead of allowing another candidate Try to form a government.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said on Tuesday that he is determined to prevent this from happening again. “I will do my best according to the law and the powers guaranteed by my office so that Israel has an elected government as soon as possible and that we avoid another election campaign,” he said, according to DPA.