Israel Parliament ongoing elections are suggesting a hung government as both the ruling party as well as the opposition party ending up with no clear majority.
Israel media reports are suggesting a strong indication for a coalition government in the coming days. Present Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the opposition leader Benny Gantz are almost in the same situation when coming to numbers winning.
Today, the Central election commission of Israel has announced the partial results based on 44% of the votes counted.
Benjamin Netanyahu has emerged as the longest-serving leader in Israel’s political history. Now, such a person is facing a tough time during these elections.
As per the present analysis, the ruling party Likud may bag 56 seats out of the total 120 parliament seats. The opposition Blue and White party may win 55 seats. If this is the case, the neutral party headed by Avigdor Lieberman may play a key role in government formation.
Reports suggest that Avigdor Lieberman is likely to go with Benny Gantz in forming a coalition government. There are chances of a tough time for Benjamin Netanyahu if he does not retain his position as Prime Minister. In the past, Israel’s attorney general has recommended charging Benjamin Netanyahu with fraud, bribery, and breach of trust in 3 scandals. All these are pending as on date. But these may come to hearing in the next few weeks if there is a change in the government.
Though the results are still pouring in, Avigdor Lieberman has stated that
The conclusion is clear, everything we said throughout the campaign is coming true,
There is one and only option: a national unity government that is broad and liberal and we will not join any other option.
He also added that a “liberal” government should rule Israel so that plans to strike hard against Gaza militants can be started.
Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, will have to select a suitable candidate to form the government in case of lack of majority for any single party.
As per the constitution of Israel, 6 weeks will be given to prove majority in Parliament after the president’s call to form a government. Additionally, more 28 days can be given if necessary for forming a government.