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Benjamin Nethanyahu of Likud Party won the Israel Elections 2015

Mar 25, 2015 09:17 IST

Benjamin Nethanyahu of Likud Party on 18 March 2015 won the Israel Elections 2015. The elections for 120 seats of the Knesset, Parliament of Israel, were held on 17 March 2015.

In the elections the incumbent Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's party secured 29 seats. It was followed by center-left Zionist Union party of Isaac Herzog which secured 24 seats and Joint Arab List or Hadash party came at third place by securing 14 seats. Joint Arab List party is an alliance of Israeli Arab-dominated parties that united for the first time.

Apart from this, Yesh Atid party secured 11 seats, Kulanu party secured 10 seats, Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party secured 8 seats, Shas and United Torah Judaism party secured 7 seats each, Yisrael Beiteinu party secured 6 seats and Meretz party secured 4 seats.

The 2015 elections saw the turnout of 71.8 percent which was 4.6 percent higher than the previous election in 2013 and was the highest since the 1999 elections that saw a turnout of 78.7 percent.

About Israel Elections

Israel has a parliamentary system based on nation-wide proportional representation.

Each faction receives representation in the 120-seat Knesset proportional to how many votes it gets. Factions must meet a threshold of at least 3.25 percent of the vote to qualify for seats in the Knesset.

Knesset elections are held once in every four years. In moments of political instability or stalemate, a majority of the Knesset may vote to dissolve the body and call early elections to be held 90-150 days later.

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