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Israeli rivals claim election win

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The leaders of Israel's two main parties have claimed victory in an early general election.

With almost all the votes counted, the governing centrist Kadima has 28 seats and the right-wing Likud opposition 27, election officials said.

Kadima's Tzipi Livni told supporters she was ready to lead the country. But Likud's Benjamin Netanyahu said the "nationalist camp" had won.

Both need coalition partners. Ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu came third.

With God's help I will lead the next government

Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu

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The results - if confirmed - push the Labour party led by Defence Minister Ehud Barak into an unprecedented fourth place.

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Added: Feb-11-2009 Occurred On: Feb-11-2009
By: Japanese_Dreamz
Middle East
Tags: israel, election, livni, Netanyahu
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