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Israel elections: Benjamin Netanyahu falls short of majority in exit polls

Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to secure a majority in Israel’s elections, leaving his future as prime minister uncertain.

Mr Netanyahu fell short of the 61 seats needed to maintain control of the country’s 120-seat parliament, exit polls suggest.

Opposition parties managed to secure 60, but small right-wing party Yamina is forecast to win seven and has not yet declared whether it would form a coalition or not.

It is the fourth time in two years that a political vote in Israel has ended in deadlock.

If Mr Netanyahu is unable to form a government, the country faces an unprecedented fifth consecutive election later this year.

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