Photo: Gil Yohanan
Deri (L) and Yishai
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Shas: Election results a miracle
Ultra-Orthodox party likely to retain power in 19th Knesset. Chairman Eli Yishai vows coalition will have to include Shas

The ultra-Orthodox Shas Party said Tuesday that it was pleased with the outcome of the general elections. According to exit poles, the party has been able to secure 11-13 Knesset seats.


Aryeh Deri, one of the party's three chairmen, called the achievement "a miracle" saying: "The Likud lost seats, Kadima all but disappeared but Shas – despite everything – has remained solid.


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"This was the hardest campaign Shas has ever known," he said, "another religious party was able to tempt voters away from us," he added, referring to Habayit Hayehudi's success in the elections.


"But tonight we have proven that no one can contest the leadership of our rabbi and teachers, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef."


Shas Chairman Eli Yishai pledged that the next government will push social issues: "There can't be a coalition without Shas," he said.


Shas leader Ariel Atias also spoke to supporters, thanking them for their efforts on behalf of the party and saying that the party will demand to keep the Interior Portfolio.



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