Narrow election result in Israel: Arab party clears percentage hurdle



In the parliamentary elections in Israel, the Arab Party was able to secure 3.25 percent of the vote and five seats.

Parliamentary elections are currently taking place in Israel.

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After counting 90 percent of the votes in the parliamentary elections in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s situation has deteriorated further. His right-wing conservative Likud remains the strongest political force with 30 seats, but even with his ultra-right rival Naftali Bennett from the Jamina party, his camp would only have 59 out of 120 seats.

The Arab Raam party, according to information on Wednesday, has passed the 3.25 percent hurdle and has five mandates – it is now tipping the scales. The future party of opposition leader Jair Lapid came in second with 18 seats. The anti-Netanyahu camp won 56 seats.

No clear result before Friday

However, the picture can still shift until all votes are counted, which is not expected before Friday. In principle, the formation of a government is likely to be extremely difficult for the anti-Netanyahu camp – some potential coalition members are far apart in terms of content. A fifth election this year can therefore still not be ruled out.

Netanyahu spoke out against another election in a speech that night and called for the formation of a stable government. He does not exclude anyone as a potential coalition partner, said the 71-year-old.

(DPA / or)

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Narrow election result Israel Arab party clears percentage hurdle


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