Israel Votes: Netanyahu’s Likud Party wins 30 seats, Zionist Camp 24, other parties 66
The official elections results will be announced on March 25, 2015.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will begin party consultations on Sunday, March 22 to ask the party heads for recommendations as to who they prefer as prime minister. He will assign the task of forming the next government to the Knesset member considered to have the best chance of forming a viable coalition..
With all votes counted, the Likud has won 30 seats and the Zionist Camp 24. The Joint Arab List placed third with 13 seats, followed by Yesh Atid with 11, Kulanu with 10, Bayit Yehudi with 8, Shas with 7, Yisrael Beytenu and United Torah Judaism with 6 each, and Meretz with 5 – the last party to pass the minimum threshold for election.
Voter turnout was high – 72.36% – with more than 4.25 million of the 5,881,696 eligible voters casting their ballots.
Total votes: 4,253,336, of which 43,869 were disqualified.
The number of votes required to pass the minimum threshold of 3.25% was 136,808, leaving a total of 4,017,890 votes to be translated into Knesset seats. The number of votes for each Knesset seat: 33,482.