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Netanyahu Party Wins Israeli Parliamentary Election - Final Results

© REUTERS / Baz RatnerA worker installs a campaign poster of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a billboard in Tel Aviv March 10, 2015
A worker installs a campaign poster of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a billboard in Tel Aviv March 10, 2015 - Sputnik International
Incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won parliamentary election with a six-seat lead in the Knesset as the vote took a dramatic turn in his favor Wednesday morning.

TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — With 99.5 percent of the votes tallied, the right-wing Likud party, led by Netanyahu, is projected to win 30 seats. The closest rival, the left-wing Zionist Union, is projected to come in second at 24 seats, Channel 2 reported.

Israeli Likud Party supporters react to the exit polls while they wait for the announcement of the first official results of Israel's parliamentary elections on March 17, 2015 at the party's headquarters in the city of Tel Aviv - Sputnik International
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In Netanyahu's statement released early Wednesday morning he said the Likud party scored a decisive victory over the Zionist Union party in the elections.

The prime minister said he had already spoken with heads of parties he plans to invite into the coalition, including Kulanu's Moshe Kahlon, Bayit Yehudi chief Naftali Bennett, Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman, Shas leader Aryeh Deri, and United Torah Judaism representatives Yaakov Litzman and Moshe Gafni.

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"Reality isn't taking a break. The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for the sake of the country's security, economy, and society as we promised to do, and that is what I will do," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

More than 4 million, or 71.8 percent, of eligible voters cast ballots in the Israeli legislative elections by 10 p.m. local time (20:00 GMT), the Central Elections Committee reported Tuesday. The national elections this year broke records with the highest voter turnout in this century.

The parties that follow are Joint Arab List with 14 seats, Yesh Atid, which comes at forth with 11 seats, Kulanu with 10, Bayit Yehudi with eight seats, Shas with seven seats and United Torah Judaism with six seats, followed by Yisrael Beytenu, which ends up winning six seats.

Meretz closes the list of parties that passed the threshold, winning four seats in the next Knesset.

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