Netanyahu's party wins after counting 97% of the vote

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, after counting 97% of the vote, is ahead of the Kahol Lavan opposition bloc and secures at least 65 seats in the 120-seat Knesset (parliament) in a coalition with other right-wing parties, media reported.

According to Interfax, Netanyahu, speaking to supporters, said he would form a right-wing government, but he would be prime minister for all.

"It will be a right-wing government. But I intend to be the prime minister of all Israel, right and left, Jews and non-Jews," he said.

The prime minister said he was in contact with the right-wing parties, adding: "Almost all of them have publicly stated that they will recommend me to form the next government."

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