Israel election;Netanyahu setback as Lapid surges.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 - 8:24

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Exit polls from Israel's election suggest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing alliance has lost ground to centre-left parties.

They predicted a narrow majority for Netanyahu's Likud-Beitenu and nationalist allies. The prime minister pledged to form a broad coalition.

The high turnout is thought to have benefited Labour and centrists,

Netanyahu is expected to seek an alliance with a new nationalist party, Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home).