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Israeli Election Results

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"Once every seven years, the Knesset elects the President of the State and the State Comptroller." 

"Every Knesset elects two of its members to represent it on the Committee for the Appointment of Judges." 

"Representatives of the Knesset participate in the election of dayanim (Jewish religious judges) and kaddis (Muslim and Druze religious judges), and by means of the House Committee the Knesset also elects five of its members to represent it on the elective body of the Chief Rabbinical Council."

Prime ministers are heads of state. Israeli presidents are ceremonial figureheads. MKs elect them for one seven year term. On July 15, 2007, they chose Shimon Peres.

Following elections, he'll consult with dominant party leaders. At issue is establishing coalition government partners. Leaders of parties winning most seats generally become prime ministers.

On January 22, Israelis voted. At stake were 120 19th Knesset seats. The process repeats quadrennially unless snap elections are called. 

Netanyahu chose them nine months early. Doing so he thought was advantageous. Results weren't as good as planned. He won but with fewer seats than expected. Final results showed a near dead heat.

No party gains a majority. Coalitions run Israel. No party ever won more than 56 seats. At least 61 comprise a majority. 

Negotiations follow elections. They can take days, weeks, or at times longer. The process begins now.

Final results are as follows:

Extremist right-wing parties:

Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu - 31 seats

Habayit Hanyeudi - 11

Otzma Leyisrael - 0

Hayisraelim - 0

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