Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a clear majority for a victory, according to the latest reports from Israel
Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party looked likely to win 65 of the Knesset’s 120 seats when more than 97 percent of votes counted. It is learnt that Netanyahu will repeatedly be selected as the premier for a record fifth time. “It is a night of colossal victory,” the 69-year-old Netanyahu told cheering supporters in a late-night speech at Likud headquarters after Tuesday’s vote.
The close and often vitriolic contest was widely seen in Israel as a referendum on Netanyahu’s character and record in the face of corruption allegations. He faces possible indictment in three graft cases, and has denied wrongdoing in all of them.
Despite that, Netanyahu gained four seats compared to his outgoing coalition government, according to a spreadsheet published by the Central Elections Committee of parties that won enough votes to enter the next parliament.