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Inconclusive Election Puts Israel, Peace in Limbo

JERUSALEM (AP) - The results are nearly all in, but the future
of Israeli politics is far from settled.
Both moderate Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and hard-line leader
Benjamin Netanyahu have claimed victory in Tuesday's parliamentary
elections. Livni's Kadima Party won 28 seats, just one more than
Netanyahu's Likud. But with neither party winning a clear majority,
neither can govern alone. Gains by right-wing parties give
Netanyahu a better chance of forming a coalition.
The results have set the stage for what could be weeks of
negotiations. Israeli media is reporting that the first meetings
are scheduled for today.
The unclear results are clouding prospects for Egyptian-led
attempts to broker a truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas leaders
after Israel's devastating offensive last month.


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