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Final Election Count has Moderate Party in Front

JERUSALEM (AP) - Final results in Israel's election show the
moderate Kadima Party has one more seat in the new parliament than
Benjamin Netanyahu's hawkish Likud.
Kadima won 28 and Likud 27 in the 120-seat parliament.
But the parliament has a majority among hard-line parties,
making it easier for Netanyahu to form the next government and take
over as prime minister. Netanyahu opposes talks on a peace treaty
with the Palestinians. That could put him in conflict with the
Obama administration.
Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, who is the current foreign minister,
is also trying to attract coalition partners.
One possibility is a joint government. Netanyahu would be prime
minister, while Livni and her party would receive key government
ministries.


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