Friday, 12 April 2019 | The Central Elections Committee has released the latest results for the April 9 Knesset [Parliament] elections. With the completion of the vote count, including those of IDF [Israel Defense Forces] service members, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party gained a 36th Knesset seat, while his main rival, the Blue and White party, remains at 35 of the Israeli parliament’s 120 seats.
The figures, released by the committee after a delay of several hours caused by technical issues, also showed that Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked’s New Right party failed to pass the threshold of 3.25% of the vote.
The latest results indicate that a party required 139,744 votes in order to pass the threshold, and the New Right lacked 1,461 votes.
The right-wing bloc now has a 65–55 advantage over the left and the Arab parties. However, minor changes to the final tally may still be forthcoming.
Netanyahu is already in the midst of negotiations in order to form what would be a narrow coalition of 65 MKs [Members of Knesset], but any of his partners will have the ability to bring down the government. Another option is for the prime minister to seek a national unity government with the Blue and White party or with defectors from that party in order to form a more stable coalition.
Amir Alon, Moran Azulay and Yaron Drukman
Posted on April 12, 2019
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