Israeli Prime Minister strikes deal 90 minutes before set deadline; agreement with Naftali Bennett's right wing Jewish Home party pushed Netanyahu to the magic number of 61 needed for a majority in the Knesset.
Israelis voted in the country's general election on March 17th.
The final result in Israel's general election was not as close as exit polls suggested.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party scored a decisive victory over the Zionist Union, whose candidate for PM, Isaac Herzog, congratulated Netanyahu on his victory.
Exit polls suggest tight race
Early exit polls put the leading parties neck and neck.
PM Netanyahu has claimed victory for his Likud party on Facebook.
Likud competing with Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni's Zionist Union.
Herzog: 'We'll wait for the final results. The public wants true change. I call all social parties to join my government' (via Twitter)
The voting performance of smaller parties like Jewish Home and The Joint List will be crucial in determining who can form a government.
61 seats needed for a majority.
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