ElectionGudie

March 28, 2006 Held

3,186,739
Voted
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State of Israel

Election for Knesset

Results

63%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:3,186,739
Valid Votes:3,137,064
Invalid Votes:49,675

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Kadima 29 - 690,901

22.02%

Labor-Meimad 19 - 472,366

15.06%

Shas 12 - 299,054

9.53%

Likud 12 - 281,996

8.99%

Israel Our Home 11 - 281,880

8.99%

National Union-National Religious Party 9 - 224,083

7.14%

Pensioners of Israel to the Knesset 7 - 185,759

5.92%

Others - - 182,688

5.82%

Torah and Shabbat Judaism 6 - 147,091

4.69%

Meretz - Democratic Israel 5 - 118,302

3.77%

United Arab List - Arab Renewal 4 - 94,786

3.02%

Democratic Front for Peace and Equality 3 - 86,092

2.74%

National Democratic Assembly 3 - 72,066

2.30%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 120 seats in the Knesset

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Moshe KATZAV
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister (Acting) Ehud OLMERT **
  • Assembly: Israel has a unicameral Knesset with 120 seats.

** Ehud OLMERT became Acting Prime Minister after Prime Minister Ariel SHARON suffered a serious stroke in January 2006.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by parliament to serve a 7-year term.
  • The Prime Minister (Acting) is designated by the president to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Knesset 120 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Kadima*
    Leader: Ehud OLMERT
    Seats won in this election: 29
    Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Labor-Meimad
    Leader: Amir PERETZ
    Seats won in this election: 19
    Seats won in last election: 19
  • Party: Shas
    Leader: Eliyahu YISHAI
    Seats won in this election: 12
    Seats won in last election: 11
  • Party: Likud
    Leader: Benjamin NETANYAHU
    Seats won in this election: 12
    Seats won in last election: 38
  • Party: Israel Our Home / Yisrael Beitenu
    Leader: Avigdor LIEBERMAN
    Seats won in this election: 11
    Seats won in last election: 4
  • Party: National Union-National Religious Party / Ichud Leumi - Mafdal******
    Leader: Benyamin ELON
    Seats won in this election: 9
    Seats won in last election: 9
  • Party: Pensioners of Israel to the Knesset / Gimla'ey Yisrael LaKneset (GIL)*******
    Leader: Eitan Pentman REPHAEL
    Seats won in this election: 7
    Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Torah and Shabbat Judaism
    Leader: Yakov LITZMAN
    Seats won in this election: 6
    Seats won in last election: 5
  • Party: Meretz - Democratic Israel
    Leader: Yossi BEILIN
    Seats won in this election: 5
    Seats won in last election: 6
  • Party: United Arab List - Arab Renewal
    Leader: Ibrahim TZARTZUR
    Seats won in this election: 4
    Seats won in last election: 2
  • Party: Democratic Front for Peace and Equality / Hadash
    Leader: Mohammad BARAKE
    Seats won in this election: 3
    Seats won in last election: 3
  • Party: National Democratic Assembly
    Leader: Azmi BISHARA
    Seats won in this election: 3
    Seats won in last election: 3
  • Party: Others
    Leader: N/A
    Seats won in this election: 0
    Seats won in last election: N/A

* Kadima Party was formed in November 2005.
****** In the last election, the National Union obtained 4 seats, while the National Religious Party won 5.
******* The GIL party was formed following the last election.

Last Parliamentary election:

  • The last parliamentary election was held on January 28, 2003.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 6,276,883 (July 2005 This figure includes about 187,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, about 20,000 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, more than 5,000 in the Gaza Strip, and fewer than 177,000 in East Jerusalem )
  • Registered Voters: 5,014,622 (March 2006 )