A partial count of over 200,000 absentee ballots overnight Wednesday-Thursday indicated that Meretz took five seats in the Knesset and not four as results from 99 percent of the votes showed on Wednesday, Times of Israel reports.
As the remaining 1% of votes were counted, the (Arab) Joint List was down one seat from 14 to 13 but retained its status as the third largest party in parliament.
Yahadut Hatorah, which initially garnered seven mandates, was down to six, Israel Radio reported. Number six on the UTJ list is Degel Hatorah’s Yaakov Asher, who would be left out. Agudah would have Yaakov Litzman, Meir Porush, Menachem Eliezer Moses and Yisrael Eichler, while Degel will be represented by Moshe Gafni and Uri Maklev.
The absentee ballots were from soldiers, prisoners, medical personnel, those with medical conditions and Israeli representatives in missions abroad.
The Central Elections Committee will publish a final tally later today.
Likud is set to remain at 30 seats, and Zionist Union with 24. Moshe Kachlon’s Kulanu still had 10 seats, and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid 11. Naftali Bennett’s Bayit Yehudi still had eight seats, Yisrael Beytenu’s Avigdor Liberman was expected to remain at six and Shas at seven.