Media: Netanyahu's party may not secure majority

The final results of Israel's general election show that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling party has secured the most votes. But local media reports say his party may still fail to secure a majority after forming a coalition.

The election commission released the final results on Thursday evening. It was the country's fourth general election in two years. Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party won 30 seats in the 120-seat parliament, followed by the opposition centrist party Yesh Atid with 17 seats, and the religious party Shas with nine.

Netanyahu has remained in office since 2009. During the election campaign, he stressed his achievements in promoting coronavirus vaccinations and improving relations with Arab nations.

To stay in power, Netanyahu will have to negotiate a governing coalition with other parties, including the opposition.

The opposition forces are also seeking to win a majority by forming a coalition. Israel faces the prospect of further political turmoil if the negotiations fail.