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Netanyahu favourite to become Israeli PM


Right-wing ultra nationalist Avigdor Lieberman heads to see President Shimon Peres, to offer his support for Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Yisrael Beiteinu party leader has said he will now back Likud’s Netanyahu to become Israel’s next prime minister. Lieberman’s party came third overall in a general election on the 10th February, winning a total of 15 seats in the Knesset. The kingpin politician’s support is seen as vital to who will form Israel’s next government and makes it almost certain that Benjamin Netanyahu will replace outgoing Ehud Olmert as Israel’s next Prime minister. Although Kadima took the most seats, its seems Netanyahu enjoys sufficient support from a large right wing bloc. It means Kadima party chief Tzipi Livni, who was visiting the town of Sderot on Thursday with former US presidential candidate John Kerry, looks unlikely to head any coalition. President Shimon Peres will finish consulting with party leaders before making his final choice.

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