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FACTBOX: Israeli elections: A look at the final, deadlocked results

If no one is able to assemble a 61-seat majority the country will go into an unprecedented fifth election later this year

AP , Friday 26 Mar 2021
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Israeli electoral workers count ballots in the country's general elections inside the Knesset (parliament ), in Jerusalem on March 25, 2021 AFP
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The final results from Israel's fourth election in two years show a nation deeply divided over whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should remain in office, with neither side having secured a governing majority.

Israelis vote for party lists rather than candidates, and seats in the 120-member Knesset are assigned based on the percentage of the vote. No single Israeli party has ever won a 61-seat majority, so an aspiring prime minister must assemble a ruling coalition.

That often means courting fringe parties or even those on the other side of the political spectrum, offering ministries, official positions, budgets or other favors in return for their support. The negotiations usually take several weeks. If no one is able to assemble a 61-seat majority the country will go into an unprecedented fifth election later this year.

Here are the election commission's final results:

PRO-NETANYAHU, 52 seats

Likud (right-wing): 30

Shas (ultra-Orthodox): 9

United Torah Judaism (ultra-Orthodox): 7

Religious Zionism (far-right): 6

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ANTI-NETANYAHU, 57 seats

Yesh Atid (centrist): 17

Blue and White (centrist): 8

Yisrael Beitenu (secular right): 7

Labor (left-wing): 7

New Hope (right-wing): 6

Joint List (Arab left-wing): 6

Meretz (left-wing): 6

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NOT COMMITTED, 11 seats

Yamina (right-wing): 7

United Arab List (Arab Islamist): 4

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