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Israel's hardline nationalist Lieberman vows unity government

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Avigdor Lieberman casts his ballot along with his wife Ella at a polling station in Nokdim, Tuesday morning | Photo: Reuters
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Avigdor Lieberman, a hardline Israeli nationalist, cast his vote early on Tuesday in his settlement of Nokdim. Lieberman, a former defense minister and one-time protege of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, forced Israel's unprecedented second election of the year when he refused to join Netanyahu's coalition government after the previous election in April.
 
Polls suggest Netanyahu won't be able to form another coalition without Lieberman's support.
 
Lieberman says there won't be a third round of elections and the parties will have to deal with the ``constellation'' that emerges from this vote.
 
He says he will only sit in a wide government that includes Netanyahu's Likud and its main challenger, the centrist Blue and White party.
 
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