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 Wednesday, 29 January, 2003, 12:22 GMT
In pictures: Sharon's triumph
Ariel Sharon's victory and the Labour Party's defeat were largely a foregone conclusion, but the results of the Israeli election still kept audiences glued to their screens from the West Bank to New York City.

Palestinians follow the result from their home in Ramallah
For Palestinians, the familiar face of arch-enemy Ariel Sharon is set to be a regular feature on their TV screens again.

Election results flash up on New York sign-board
With war looming in the Middle East again, Jewish communities across the world followed the election anxiously.

Ariel Sharon (L) with Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz
The grins on the faces of Ariel Sharon and his hardline Likud allies said it all.

Tommy Lapid interviewed by TV reporters after his party's result
No less happy was Tommy Lapid of the secular party Shinui after it more than doubled its seats in the Knesset.

Shas supporters follow results on TV from party HQ
Shinhui appears to have edged out the ultra-Orthodox Shas party as Israel's parliamentary king-maker.

Amram Mitzna  concedes defeat
For Amram Mitzna of the opposition Labour Party it was no longer possible to shrug off poor ratings in the opinion polls.

Labour party supporters console each other
Labour's hard-fought campaign on a peace platform had failed and the defeat was bitter for many.

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