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Israel Election Leaves Netanyahu's Political Future in Doubt

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job as the results of Israel's unprecedented repeat election also failed to decide a clear winner.

Israel’s two main political parties were deadlocked on Wednesday as the partial results gave them victory on an equal number of seats. The partial results released on Wednesday by the Central Election Commission were based on a tally of 56 per cent of the potential electorate. Overall turnout was 69.4 per cent.

According to the partial results, Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and allies mustered just 56 seats of 120 seats in Israeli parliament five short of the needed majority.

Key opposition - Benny Gantz’s Blue and White parties have garnered 55 seats.

This puts Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu and its nine seats in the middle as the deciding factor.

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