Early exit polls suggest Netanyahu and Gantz neck and neck in Israeli elections

Middle East correspondent Paula Slier speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about the Israeli general election.

She says partial results suggested that the main contender Benny Gantz could win, but things have changed overnight.

In the early hours of the morning, polls showed that long-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in the lead.

According to Slier, early exit polls suggest that the two main parties are neck and neck.

There are 120 seats in the Israeli parliament and for the next government, they need a majority of 61. The main two parties are currently neck and neck.

Paula Slier, Middle East corespondent

Netanyahu's Likud party and his contender Benny Gantz are both at 35 seats. With 35 seats you don't have the majority of 61. The question is, who can form the majority inside the parliament to enable you to become the next government?

Paula Slier, Middle East corespondent

Slier says Benny Gantz has positioned himself as centre-left and if he chooses to form a coalition it will be from the parties on the left of the political spectrum, with most support from the Labour Party.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Early exit polls suggest Netanyahu and Gantz neck and neck in Israeli elections


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