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Deadlock in Israel after a third election within a year

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The political stalemate in Israel continues within a year after the third parliamentary election. After counting more than 94 percent of all votes, the right-wing religious bloc around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was 58 out of 120 seats in parliament today. The center-left camp had 55 seats. Both failed the necessary majority of 61 mandates in the Knesset.

Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party had become the strongest power in Monday’s election, with 36 seats. This is the best election result among Netanyahu, who has been in office since 2009. He was also Prime Minister from 1996 to 1999 and has headed a transitional government for more than a year.

Blue-white excludes grand coalition

The middle alliance blue and white of his challenger Benni Ganz came to 32 seats. Elazar Stern von Blau-Weiß emphasized today that a grand coalition led by Netanyahu was excluded because of the corruption charges against the head of government. The process is scheduled to begin on March 17th. Until then, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will also have to decide who he commissions to form a government.

Civil rights activists have asked Netanyahu not to be charged with the charges. They submitted a petition to the Supreme Court yesterday. The Prosecutor General’s Office has accused Netanyahu of fraud and infidelity and bribery. It is about suspicion of influencing the media, allegedly illegal deals with companies and luxury gifts from friendly business people in return for political favors. The head of government has rejected all allegations.