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In pictures: Israel poll outcome

Tzipi Livni at election night rally in Tel Aviv - 11/2/2009

The leaders of Israel's two main political parties have claimed victory in Tuesday's election. Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni's governing Kadima party has won the most seats - 28, election officials say.

Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu at his election campaign headquarters - 10/2/2009

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu also claimed victory, saying the "nationalist camp" had won. His right-wing Likud party won 27 seats, according to early results.

Supporters of Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv - 11/2/2009

Mr Netanyahu told his supporters that he will form a coalition with smaller parties. Based on exit polls, analysts project Likud and other nationalist parties have 65 of 120 seats in the Knesset.

Avigdor Lieberman gives a speech at Yisrael Beitenu headquarters in Jerusalem - 10/2/2009

One of those Likud partners could be Avigdor Lieberman's ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu, which polled in third place, according to election officials.

Ehud Barak gives speech in Tel Aviv - 11/2/2009

Mr Lieberman's strong showing has pushed the Labour party of Defence Minister Ehud Barack into an unprecedented fourth place.

Supporters of Kadima party leader Tzipi Livni - 10/2/2009

Ms Livni told supporters that she would form a national unity government and invited Likud to join her. The closeness of the vote, however, will likely lead to protracted negotiations.

A cleaner sweeps up papers - 11/2/2009

Once the final results are in, President Shimon Peres will ask one of the party leaders to form a government within 42 days.

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