The most bizarre outcome from Tuesday's election perhaps the case of Samuel Flatto-Sharon, the one-man political party that won two seats in Israel's Parliament.

Under the Israeli election system, persons vote for a political party's entire slate, rather than for an individual, and the number of Parliament seats the party receives is alloted according to the number of votes received.

All that is needed to get on the ballot are 750 signatures and a deposit of 40,000 Israeli pounds ($4,347). If the party fails to win a Parliament seat, it forfeits the deposit.

But money was not a problem for Flatt-Sharon, a millionaire businessman. What might have been a problem was that he was out of jail on bail pending an extradition request from France, where he reportedly was wanted for fraud and other financial offenses.

Another small party issued leaflets accusing Flatt-Sharon of bribing voters. They soon stopped however, because their switchboard was jammed with people calling to find out how and where to apply for a bribe.

When the votes were counted Flatto-Sharon, who was running as a one-man party, received enough votes to allow him two Parliament seats. He won't be allowed to keep the extra seat, however. Extra votes, as well as votes for parties that did not win any seats at all, are divided up among other parties that did win seats.

Flatto-Sharon's only campaign pitch was that as a businessman he would strive to make Israel a more attractive place to live.

He knows only a few words of Hebrew and had to campaign through an interpreter.

It is uncertain whether his status as a Parliament member will protect him from extradition.