Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, has rejected an offer by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join forces in a governing coalition under the incumbent.
Gantz, Netanyahu’s main opponent in Israel’s general election, told reporters he should be the prime minister in a broad unity government.
With more than 97 percent of the vote counted, the centrist Blue and White party led by Gantz has 33 seats, while Netanyahu’s Likud party is behind with 31, falling short of the majority figure of 61.
Al Jazeera reports live from Tel Aviv.
Al Jazeera talks to correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid live from West Jerusalem 5:42
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