Record number of women elected to Knesset
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Record number of women elected to Knesset

Number of female MKs increases to 28, up one from 2013 elections; overall voter turnout reached 71.8%

Zionist Union MKs Shelly Yachimovich (L), Stav Shaffir (C) and Tzipi Livni (R) on January 14, 2015. (photo credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Zionist Union MKs Shelly Yachimovich (L), Stav Shaffir (C) and Tzipi Livni (R) on January 14, 2015. (photo credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

In an election with the highest voter turnout since 1999, a record 28 women were chosen for the 20th Knesset.

The number of women elected broke the record of 27 set in the 2013 elections, according to the Israel Democracy Institute. The Zionist Union had eight women elected, followed by the Likud Party with six.

Overall, the percentage of eligible voters who came out Tuesday was 71.8; the turnout 14 years ago was 78.7 percent.

Ten of the parties running in the election garnered seats in the Knesset, with 15 not reaching the electoral threshold of 3.45%, or four seats.

The number of Orthodox and haredi Orthodox lawmakers fell from 39 to 25, while the number of Arab-Israeli lawmakers increased from 12 to 17, including one each in the Zionist Union, Likud and Meretz parties.

The Knesset will welcome 41 new lawmakers, or slightly more than one-third of the parliament, according to the Israel Democracy Institute.

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