By the Thursday night deadline, 32 parties had registered for the September 17 general election with the Central Elections Committee, down from 47 in the April ballot as a result of mergers in the right and left camps. The two dominant parties retain former leaders – PM Binyamin Netanyahu tops the Likud list with the foursome headed by Benny Gantz leading Blue-White. Ayelet Shaked holds top place on the United Right list, which Otzma Yehudit declined to join, and Nitzan Horowitz leads the far-left Meretz joined by former PM Ehud Barak and a group of Laborites. Amir Peretz leads the remnant of the Labor party after refusing to hook up with Meretz for a united leftwing bloc. There are no changes in the ultra-religious camp. The reunited Arab list is still headed by Ayman Odeh. The next government like its predecessors is bound to be a coalition since no party is expected to gain a majority on its own.