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World Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

10:20  20 september  2019
10:20  20 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Once the vote is counted, party chiefs will recommend to the president who they plan to back as leader. An inconclusive result in which neither party has a clear lead could plunge Israel further into political mayhem, with the prospect of weeks of tense deal-making or even a third election.

However, the official results are being checked several times before being published on the election committee website, which has just 44.2% of the vote counted as opposed to unofficial reports from Hebrew media that had the numbers leaked to them and are showing

Near-complete official results Friday confirmed a deadlock in Israel's general election this week, putting Benny Gantz's party as the largest but without an obvious path to form a majority coalition.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L), President Reuven Rivlin (C) and Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, attend a memorial ceremony for late Israeli president Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. - Netanyahu called on his main challenger Benny Gantz on Thursday to form a unity government together as election results showed both without an obvious path to a majority coalition. (Photo by YONATAN SINDEL / AFP) / Israel OUT        (Photo credit should read YONATAN SINDEL/AFP/Getty Images)© YONATAN SINDEL/AFP/Getty Images) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L), President Reuven Rivlin (C) and Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, attend a memorial ceremony for late Israeli president Shimon Peres, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. - Netanyahu called on his main challenger Benny Gantz on Thursday to form a unity government together as election results showed both without an obvious path to a majority coalition. (Photo by YONATAN SINDEL / AFP) / Israel OUT (Photo credit should read YONATAN SINDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Israelis vote in repeat election centered on PM Netanyahu Israelis were voting Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power. © Provided by The Associated Press Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs during the weekly cabinet meeting being held in the Jordan Valley, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Netanyahu convened his final pre-election cabinet meeting in a part of the West Bank that he's vowed to annex if re-elected. National elections are on Tuesday.

Unofficial results in Israel 's second election in five months suggest it is too close to call, Israeli media say. Incumbent PM Benjamin Netanyahu's party and that of his main The smaller Yisrael Beiteinu party appears to hold the balance of power. Official partial results are expected on Wednesday.

JERUSALEM — Israel is headed toward an unprecedented repeat election on Tuesday with no ___ DEADLOCK . The most likely, and most complicated, outcome appears to be another tie, with neither The jockeying will begin as soon as official results come in. That’s when attention will shift to

The results from Israel's election committee showed Gantz's centrist Blue and White with 33 seats out of 120 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud with 31.

Final results will be published on Wednesday, it said, and there could be changes before then.

The committee said the results did not include 14 polling stations where verifications were still ongoing.

Israeli media said that meant 99.8 percent of the votes had been counted.

The third-largest total was the mainly Arab Joint List alliance, which won 13 seats, followed by the Jewish ultra-Orthodox party Shas with nine.

Another ultra-Orthodox party, United Torah Judaism, won eight seats, as did ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman's nationalist Yisrael Beitenu.

The results have put Netanyahu's long tenure in office at risk.

On Thursday, he acknowledged the results did not allow him to form a right-wing coalition as he hoped and instead called on Gantz to form a unity government with him.

Gantz responded by saying he would have to be prime minister in a unity government since Blue and White was the largest party.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin plans to begin consultations with all parties voted into parliament on Sunday to decide who to choose to try to form a government.

Israel's president taps Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form next government .
The final results published Wednesday saw the Likud party win 32 out of the 120 seats in the Israeli Parliament, one behind Blue and White's 33.Netanyahu now has 42 days to try and cobble together a government. If he fails to do so the opportunity could pass to the next candidate who the president thinks has the greatest chance of forming a government.

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