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Netanyahu wins narrow victory in Israeli elections

Published: January 23, 2013
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Source: RawStory

NETANYAHU

Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud-Beitenu list won a narrow victory in legislative elections but was weakened by the unexpectedly strong showing by the centrist Yesh Atid, which campaigned on economic issues.

The result is likely to cramp Netanyahu’s room for manoeuvre vis-a-vis his future coalition partners.

Television exit polls showed Netanyahu’s Likud, which ran on a joint list with the hardline nationalist Yisrael Beitenu, suffering a serious setback, winning just 32-33 mandates in the 120-seat Knesset, down from 42 in the outgoing coalition.

And in an unexpected development, Yesh Atid, a secular centrist party launched just nine months ago, came in second place with 18-19, followed by the centre-left Labour with 16-17.

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