Jerusalem, Sep 24: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party won 32 Knesset seats in last week’s election, official results released Tuesday overnight by Israel’s Central Election Committee.
“The Central Elections Committee on Tuesday night released the official results of the elections to the 22nd Knesset, the Likud party now has one more seat than was announced last week and won 32 seats. This seat came at the expense of United Torah Judaism, which won 7 seats instead of 8, Israel National news reported.
The Blue and White Party is the largest party in the Knesset with 33 seats. The predominantly Arab Joint List has 13 seats. Shas has 9 seats, Yisrael Beytenu – 8, Yamina – 7, Labor-Gesher wins 6 seats and the Democratic Union has 5.
Netanyahu’s party, however, is still one seat behind Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan, which maintains 33 out of 120 Knesset seats, as the two parties are in talks over a potential power-sharing deal in a national unity government.
The amended results are to be formally submitted with President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday, ahead of his decision next week on who will be tasked with forming the next governing coalition.