The vote count is underway in Israel as the country prepares the way for a new Prime Minister. Two main candidates are vying for the position and each has a different approach to the issue of national security.
Mystery surrounds Israel political future
Wed, 11 Feb 2009 08:13:19 GMT
The Kadima and Likud parties have both declared victory in a close Israeli election that has left the future of the premiership in doubt.
The right-wing Likud Party managed to add to the number of its seats in parliament but fell short of Kadima, winning 27 seats compared to the 28 now held by the centrist Kadima Party, exit polls for the Tuesday elections show.
In spite of its one-seat deficit, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu has become a viable candidate for the premiership, as right-wing parties have gained the overall advantage and may seek to join the politician in forming a coalition government.