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Netanyahu's Likud says it has control of half of parliament

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conservative Likud party said on Wednesday it had signed up 60 of parliament's 120 lawmakers for a potential coalition, still short of a majority as a midnight deadline to form a new Israeli government loomed.


The announcement was immediate contested, however, by the Kulanu party, one of Likud's presumed allies. "Kulanu has not signed a coalition deal," it said on Twitter.

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