Israel 2009: Government!
Likud leader Benyamin Netanyahu has ended up by forming a markedly right-wing plethoric government of 30 cabinet ministers. The coalition is composed of Likud, the secular far-right Yisrael Beitenu, the Labor Party (despite saying on election night it wanted to go into the opposition. Power is just too good), and two religious parties- the Shas and Jewish Home. The government received the confidence of 69 out of the 120 MKs in the Knesset.
Netanyahu is Prime Minister, but there are, in addition, 2 Vice PMs and 4 Deputy PMs. In terms of cabinet spots, Likud has Communications, Culture, Negev and Galilee Development, Economic Strategy (Netanyahu), Education, Environment, Finance, “Improvement of Govt Services”, Information/Diaspora/Fight against Anti-Semitism, Intelligence, Pensioner Affairs (again, Bibi), Regional Dev’t, “Strategic Affairs”, Transportation, and 2 without portfolio. Labor gets Agriculture, Defense (Barak keeps his spot), Industry/Trade/Labour, Minorities, and Welfare. Yisrael Beitenu gets Foreign Affairs (Lieberman), Immigration, Internal Security, Infrastructure, and Tourism. Shas get Housing, Internal Affairs, Religion, and 1 without portfolio. Jewish Home gets Science. So, the top spots are split evenly: Finance for Likud, Defense for Labor, and Foreign Affairs for YB.
This coalition will be lucky to survive for over a year.