December 3, 2022

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Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies won a clear majority of seats

Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies won a clear majority of seats in parliament after Tuesday’s legislative elections, Israel’s election commission announced on Thursday (November 3).

According to the final count, the former prime minister’s Likud won 34 seats, the ultra-Orthodox parties won 18 seats and the far-right coalition won 14 seats. Thus, the right-wing coalition controls 64 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. In contrast, outgoing Prime Minister Yaïr Lapid’s Center won 51 seats.

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Mr Lapid praised his rival on Thursday evening “victory”His spokesperson said in a statement. “The State of Israel is above all political opinions. For the sake of Israel and the State of Israel, I wish Netanyahu success,” he said.said the outgoing Prime Minister In a tweet.

Five elections in four years

Israelis voted Tuesday for their fifth legislature in three-and-a-half years, in a politically divided country struggling to form or maintain coalitions. Last year, the outgoing prime minister assembled a motley coalition (right, left, center and Arab parties) to end the rule of Binyamin Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, who ruled from 1996 to 1999. and from 2009 to 2021.

Once the final results are known, Israeli President Isaac Herzog, whose function is essentially symbolic, must appoint an elected official to form a government. The latter will have forty-two days to do so.

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Le Monde with AFP and Reuters