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Netanyahu’s bloc leading as over 20 percent of ballots counted

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters at the party's campaign headquarters in Jerusalem early on November 2, 2022, with his wife Sara at his side. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters at the party's campaign headquarters in Jerusalem early on November 2, 2022, with his wife Sara at his side. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

The vote count is progressing at the Central Elections Committee, with 20.7 percent of the total ballots cast now tallied.

Based on the current vote count, Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-religious bloc would pick up 72 seats, though this number will change as more ballots are processed.

Exit polls have predicted 62 seats for Netanyahu’s bloc, enough to secure a majority and form a coalition in the 120-seat Knesset.

The committee has so far counted 1,001,993 votes.

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