With 99% of Ballots Counted, Blue and White Gains a Seat, and Right-Wing Haredi Block Loses One
On Wednesday morning, the leading right-wing Haredi block dropped to 58 parliamentary seats, three short of the minimum required to secure a coalition
CTech | 11:25 04.03.2020
On Wednesday morning, with 99% of the ballots counted, it is still unclear whether Israel’s third bout of elections in under a year would prove decisive. Overnight saw the counting of double envelopes—originating from accessible polls and polls located on military bases, in hospitals and prisons, as well as the diplomat votes sent from abroad—which account for about 5% of the total votes. According to the most recent update from Ynet News, centrist party Blue and White, led by Benny Gantz, gained one more seat, bringing it to 33 parliamentary seats. Haredi (ultra-Orthodox Jewish) party Shas lost one seat, currently with nine. This means that the right wing-Haredi block, which appears to be in the lead, has dropped to 58 seats, three short of the minimum required to establish a coalition.