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Israeli elections throw up possibility of coalition deal

Published 13/02/2009

Tzipi Livni: The Kadima candidate talks to supporters at a rally
Tzipi Livni: The Kadima candidate talks to supporters at a rally
Israeli Foreign Minister and candidate for Kadima party leadership Tzipi Livni,left, is greeted by a supporter after casting her ballot in the Kadima primary in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. TV exit polls say Livni has won a clear victory in the party primary election to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli Foreign Minister and Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni shrugs as she walks away from the podium after a statement following a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Livni says she is sticking by her decision to halt her efforts to form a new government and urge new elections. She told the ceremonial president, Shimon Peres, on Sunday that she has done everything she could to try to put together a parliamentary coalition and urged Peres to take action to set a date for early elections. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Tzipi Livni

Final results in Israel’s election last night give the Kadima Party one more seat in the new parliament than Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud.

Kadima won 28 and Likud 27 places in the 120-seat parliament.

But the parliament has a majority among hard-line parties, making it easier for Mr Netanyahu to form the next government and take over as prime minister.

Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni, the current foreign minister, is also trying to attract coalition partners. One possibility is a joint government. Mr Netanyahu would be prime minister, while Ms Livni and her party would receive key government ministries.

The premier-designate has six weeks to form a coalition government and win approval from the new parliament.

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