Likud emerges as clear-cut winner of Israeli election in final tallies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Likud party, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has emerged as the clear-winner of Israel's elections, according to official vote tallies released Wednesday. Likud won comfortably over the Zionist Union party, with 30 Knesset seats to its opponent's 24.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu had already celebrated his party's "victory" on Twitter despite the fact that Israeli television exit polls initially indicated that the race was too close to call. Some television networks showed that Likud had won the most Knesset seats by a margin of one seat, 28-27, while others indicated it was tied with the Zionist Union party at 27 seats.

"Against all odds: a great victory for the Likud. A major victory for the people of Israel!" Netanyahu had tweeted after the exit polls were released.

Posted on March 17, 2015 .