With nearly all the votes counted, the breakdown of the position of the main parties in the Israeli election is as follows. First Kadima with 28 seats out of 120, then Labour with 20. The religious party Shass has 13 seats, the Russian immigrant party Yisrael Beitenu has 12 seats while Likud trails behind with 11.
Horse-trading to form the new coalition is likely to get underway almost immediately, with suggestions that Kadima will approach Labour, the pensioners’ party Gil and the radical left party Meretz in order to build a slim majority in parliament. A total of 31 parties took part, many of whom are not believed to have passed the two per cent barrier needed to enter parliament. The results are from the Central Electoral Commission Office.