ElectionGudie

Feb. 10, 2009 Held

3,416,587
Voted
flags/israel.gif

State of Israel

Election for Knesset

Results

64%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:3,416,587
Valid Votes:3,373,490
Invalid Votes:43,097

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Kadima 28 - 758,032

22.47%

Likud 27 - 729,054

21.61%

Israel Our Home 15 - 394,577

11.70%

Labor Party 13 - 334,900

9.93%

Shas 11 - - 286,300

8.49%

Pensioners of Israel to the Knesset - - 185,759

United Torah Judaism 5 - - 147,954

4.39%

United Arab List- Arab Renewal 4 - 113,954

3.38%

National Union 4 - 112,570

3.34%

Democratic Front for Peace and Equality 4 - 112,130

3.32%

Meretz - New Movement 3 - 99,611

2.95%

Jewish Home 3 - 96,765

2.87%

National Democratic Assembly 3 - 83,739

2.48%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 120 seats in the Parliament (Knesset)

Description of government structure:

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

** After parliamentary elections, the president will usually select a prime minister that he/she feels has the best possibility of forming a new government.

Description of electoral system:

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

*** There is a two percent threshold required to gain representation.

Main parties in the of the electoral race:

  • [[0.1.party_type]]: [[0.1.party_name]][[0.1.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.1.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.1.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.1.party_seats]]
  • [[0.2.party_type]]: [[0.2.party_name]][[0.2.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.2.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.2.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.2.party_seats]]
  • [[0.3.party_type]]: [[0.3.party_name]][[0.3.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.3.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.3.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.3.party_seats]]
  • [[0.4.party_type]]: [[0.4.party_name]][[0.4.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.4.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.4.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.4.party_seats]]
  • [[0.5.party_type]]: [[0.5.party_name]][[0.5.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.5.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.5.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.5.party_seats]]
  • [[0.6.party_type]]: [[0.6.party_name]][[0.6.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.6.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.6.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.6.party_seats]]
  • [[0.7.party_type]]: [[0.7.party_name]][[0.7.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.7.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.7.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.7.party_seats]]
  • [[0.8.party_type]]: [[0.8.party_name]][[0.8.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.8.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.8.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.8.party_seats]]
  • [[0.9.party_type]]: [[0.9.party_name]][[0.9.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.9.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.9.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.9.party_seats]]
  • [[0.10.party_type]]: [[0.10.party_name]][[0.10.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.10.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.10.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.10.party_seats]]
  • [[0.11.party_type]]: [[0.11.party_name]][[0.11.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.11.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.11.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.11.party_seats]]
  • [[0.12.party_type]]: [[0.12.party_name]][[0.12.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.12.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.12.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.12.party_seats]]
  • [[0.13.party_type]]: [[0.13.party_name]][[0.13.party_comments_note]]
    Leader: [[0.13.party_leader]]
    Seats won in this election: [[0.13.party_seats_won]]
    Seats won in last election: [[0.13.party_seats]]

*** In 2006, the Labor Party ran on a joint ticket with Meimad. The figures for seats won in 2006, includes votes and seats won by Meimad
****** In 2006 National Union ran on a joint ticket with the National Religious Party (NRP). Figures for seats and votes won reflect the combined totals won by both parties. The NRP has since disbanded and for the 2009 election, the National Union alliance includes a number of small, conservative political parties.
********* United Arab List ran on a joint ticket in 2006 with Ta'al, another Arab party.
************ Jewish Home is a new party formed by the merger of the National Religious Party and Tkuma in November 2008.

Last Parliamentary election:

  • The last elections were held on March 28, 2006. The Kadima party won the largest bloc of seats in 2006, 29 in all. It formed a governing coalition with Labor, Shas and Gil, which controlled a combined total of 67 seats.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,112,359 (July 2008 This figure is an estimate, which includes about 187,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, about 20,000 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and fewer than 177,000 in East Jerusalem )
  • Registered Voters: 5,278,985 (February 2009 )