Netanyahu's Likud Party Wins Israeli Parliament Election
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday he intends to try to form a government in the next two to three weeks, which would give him a fourth term as prime minister, after his conservative Likud party won Israel's parliamentary election.
With nearly all of the ballots counted, Likud captured 30 seats to beat out the 24 seats for its main challenger, the Zionist Union.
A statement from Mr. Netanyahu's office said he has already reached out to smaller parties in order to form the 61-seat coalition he needs to govern. One key will be the centrist Kulanu party, which won 10 seats in Tuesday's vote.
"The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for them regarding security, economy and society as we committed to do, and we will do so," Netanyahu said.
Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog conceded defeat in the election and said he congratulated Mr. Netanyahu in a phone call. Herzog also told reporters his party will continue working for the Israeli people as a member of the opposition.
South Korean Delegation to Meet Pyongyang Officials over Kaesong Dispute
North Korean officials are set to meet Wednesday with representatives of South Korean companies, amid a dispute over wages at a jointly run industrial complex.
Pyongyang is trying to unilaterally raise wages for North Korean workers at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which lies just north of the two countries' tense border. Seoul objects, saying such a move must be agreed to by both sides.
Chung Ki-sup, the head of the council of South Korean businesses in Kaesong, said he believes the dispute can be resolved through dialogue. The two sides are meeting at Kaesong.
Last month, Pyongyang notified Seoul of its decision to raise the minimum monthly wage for its workers from $70.35 to $74.00 starting in March.
More than 53,000 North Korean workers are employed by about 120 South Korean factories in the park, which is one of the few areas of North-South economic cooperation.