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Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 18:00
Netanyahu's Likud picks up seat, making it 32 to Gantz's 33
By Bloomberg
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 18:00 By Bloomberg

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses his supporters at party headquarters after elections in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept 18, 2019. (ARIEL SCHALIT / AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has picked up an additional seat in parliament following last week’s election, bringing its total to 32, one less than the number won by former military chief Benny Gantz’s Blue and White.

The number was revised after the Central Elections Committee investigated a small number of polling stations suspected of foul play. The committee voided some of the votes, with the final tally adding one seat to Likud, at the expense of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, which ended up with seven lawmakers.

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The election was inconclusive, with neither Netanyahu nor Gantz winning enough support to easily piece together a governing coalition. President Reuven Rivlin, who has the task of choosing a candidate to form the next government, is pushing for a broad-based government joining Likud and Blue and White, and is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu and Gantz on Wednesday for the second time this week.

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