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Centrist newcomer surprise star of Israel election

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, gestures in front of supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, gestures in front of supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, gestures in front of supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, addresses supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, addresses supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, addresses supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, addresses supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS PROFILE)

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, addresses supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS PROFILE)

Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, addresses supporters at his party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS PROFILE)
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Supporters of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party celebrate at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. The surprise star of Israel's election on Tuesday is Lapid, a former television news anchor whose centrist party, exit polls showed, soared to second place in the balloting only months after he joined politics. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Supporters of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party celebrate at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. The surprise star of Israel's election on Tuesday is Lapid, a former television news anchor whose centrist party, exit...more

Supporters of Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party celebrate at the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. The surprise star of Israel's election on Tuesday is Lapid, a former television news anchor whose centrist party, exit polls showed, soared to second place in the balloting only months after he joined politics. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
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