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Israel: 'Kingmaker' Lieberman calls for unity government

1 18.09.2019 Инфо

W/S Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman speaking on stage, Jerusalem
SOT, Avigdor Lieberman, leader of Yisrael Beiteinu (Hebrew): "We have just one option: a broad liberal unity government formed of Yisrael Beitenu, Likud and Blue and White."
W/S Phone recording Lieberman's speech
SOT, Avigdor Lieberman, leader of Yisrael Beiteinu (Hebrew): "It is an emergency situation. We have to take unusual steps. And if I can, I would like to recommend now, this evening, to the president of the country, that he becomes the key figure, to not even wait for the official results, to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the chairperson of Blue and White, Benny Gantz, this Friday afternoon to an informal discussion."
W/S Audience applaud
M/S Lieberman milling with supporters
W/S Yisrael Beiteinu election rally
Israel's former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman called for a "unity government" in the wake of what appears to be a tight electoral race.
At a rally in Jerusalem on Tuesday night, Lieberman reiterated calls for unity he made during the campaign.
"We only have one option," he told supporters. "A broad, liberal, national government made up of Yisrael Beiteinu, Likud and Blue and White."
Exit polls suggest the race is too close to call. The Blue and White alliance led by former general Benny Gantz is projected to win between 32 and 34 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party 31 to 33.
Lieberman's party may hold sway in a new government.
Coalition negotiations are expected to start soon with results coming on Wednesday morning.