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  2/12/2009, Shevat 18, 5769

Netanyahu Has the Numbers for Nod to Form Coalition


President Shimon Peres will ask Likud chairman Knesset Member Binyamin Netanyahu to form a government coalition based on the current number of Knesset Members who back him and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, who has the support of only the 28 MKs from Kadima.

Fifty MKs have declared support for MK Netanyahu, and President Peres must give the nod for forming the government to the leader who has the most support. Livni, who still is Foreign Minister in the transitional government, claimed victory after Kadima received one more Knesset mandate than the Likud. However, that margin may change after votes of soldiers and diplomats are counted on Thursday.