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Final election results confirm deadlock, offering no clear path to coalition

Central Election Committee members count ballots in Jerusalem on March 25, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Central Election Committee members count ballots in Jerusalem on March 25, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Central Elections Committee publishes the final results in Tuesday’s Knesset election, leaving both the premier and his political opponents once again without a clear path to forming a coalition government, and heralding enduring gridlock and a potential fifth election.

Netanyahu’s right-wing and religious backers have 52 seats while parties opposed to the premier have 57 between them. The right-wing Yamina party (with 7) and Islamist Ra’am (with 4), have not committed to either side.

Netanyahu would need both parties to achieve a slim majority, but cooperation between the far-right and Ra’am’s Islamists appears all but impossible.

Meanwhile, a potential “coalition of change” of Yesh Atid, Blue and White, Yamina, Yisrael Beytenu, Labor, New Hope and Meretz would have 58 votes, also three short of a majority, requiring the support of either Ra’am or the Joint List.

The official results will be presented to President Reuven Rivlin next Wednesday.

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