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Israel coalition talks centre on king maker Lapid

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Former TV anchor Yair Lapid, whose centrist Yesh Atid shot to prominence in Israel's elections, was at the heart Thursday of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition talks, after rejecting a centre-left alternative. 

Former TV anchor Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, speaks to journalists on January 23, 2013, outside his home in Ramat Aviv, northern Tel Aviv. Lapid, whose centrist Yesh Atid shot to prominence in Israel's elections, was at the heart Thursday of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition talks, after rejecting a centre-left alternative.

Lapid's nine-month-old party, which campaigned on socio-economic issues and stunned pundits by winning 19 of the Knesset's 120 seats, has emerged as the partner of choice for Netanyahu after the poor showing of the premier's Likud-Beitenu list.

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