Israel: survey confirms no block has majority

New PM Lapid sworn in; he will meet Shin Bet chief

01 July, 13:54

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, 01 LUG - A survey published by the newspaper Maariv in the aftermath of the fall of the 24th Israeli legislature found that the right-wing coalition led by Benyamin Netanyahu would get 59 seats while the one led by the current interim premier Yair Lapid 55 with no block obtaining the majority of 61 lawmakers in the 120-member Knesset. A general election has been scheduled on November 1. According to the poll, Likud would remain the first party with 34 seats, followed by Lapid's with 22.

    The only road for Netanyahu to form a majority would be to obtain the four seats which the survey attributes to 'Yamina', the party of former premier Naftali Bennett - who is not running in the election - and which should be led by Ayelet Shaked. The game is complex. The situation is even more complicated for Lapid if he wants to obtain 61 lawmakers, from the 55 he has according to the newly published poll. He would have to maintain the alliance with the nationalist religious 'Yamina' and also ask for the backing of six lawmakers of the United Arab List.

    Lapid (who is keeping the foreign ministry) became interim premier on Thursday at midnight after Bennett handed over the post- On Friday morning, the 14th prime minister of Israel met with the head of Shin Bet (domestic security service) Ronen Bar and chaired a meeting on two Israeli prisoners held in Gaza by Hamas. (ANSAmed).

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