Netanyahu additional seat
Israel’s Election Committee published final results from last week’s election that gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud an additional seat, but it did not change the deadlock the country faces.
The final results gave the right-wing Likud 32 seats compared to Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White’s 33 in the 120-seat Parliament. The two parties are in the process of trying to negotiate a unity coalition, and President Reuven Rivlin has one week to name someone to form a government.
Likud’s additional seat came at the expense of one of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties, United Torah Judaism, which now has seven. Israel’s Arab parties finished as the third-largest force in parliament with 13 seats.
Netanyahu has received the endorsement of 55 parliament members to be prime minister, while Gantz has received 54. Neither has a clear path to a majority coalition.