Mar 17, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory – after an extremely close election appears to have given him the upper hand – in forming Israel’s next coalition government.
Netanyahu took to social media and tweeted “against all odds” his Likud party and the nationalist camp had secured a “great victory.”
Initial exit polls showed Netanyahu’s Likud Party deadlocked with the centre-left Zionist Union.
Preliminary exit poll estimates released by the country’s three main broadcasters – showed the results were too close to call – but it appeared that if he’s the winner, Netanyahu will have an easier time bringing together a majority coalition – with hard-line and religious allies.
Netanyahu said he had already begun to call potential partners.
Polls closed at 10 pm local time (4pm et)
Official results are expected Wednesday morning.