With 95% of ballots tallied, vote count fails to break deadlock

Islamist party Ra’am loses a seat to Meretz but remains key player; some of 40% of absentee votes counted; tensions emerge in Netanyahu’s bloc

Election officials continued counting absentee ballots on Thursday, with results so far showing no clear path to a majority coalition for either Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bloc of supporting parties or his opponents.

The Central Elections Committee said it expected to complete the count on Thursday afternoon.

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