Voters Leave Netanyahu in the Driver's Seat, but Give Nationalists Steering Power

MIN READApr 10, 2019 | 21:26 GMT

Supporters of the Israeli Likud party wave party and national flags along with a sign showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they gather at party headquarters in the coastal city of Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10, 2019.

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With almost every vote counted in the Israeli national elections, and with his chief opponent conceding defeat, the electoral ground favors a fifth term for incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Of the 120 Knesset seats up for a vote, Netanyahu's Likud party looks likely to take 35 seats -- the same number as the Blue and White alliance led by his primary rival, Benny Gantz. As the final tally is counted by April 17, the candidates must wait for a go-ahead by President Reuven Rivlin before attempting to form a governing coalition....

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