Jerusalem will repeat the municipal elections and Haifa will have a mayoress

Jerusalem will repeat the municipal elections and Haifa will have a mayoress

The two favorite candidates for mayor in Jerusalem must attend a second round of municipal elections after yesterday's results, while the one in Tel Aviv was re-elected and Haifa will have a mayoress for the first time.

In Jerusalem, the result was not as expected: the Likud candidate, and favorite, Zeev Elkin, stayed out of the race, while businessman Moshe Lyons, supported by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the ultra-Orthodox parties, and Ofer Berkovitch, secular Zionist leader of the "Awakening" movement, will attend a second round in two weeks since none of them reached 40% of the votes needed to be mayor.

The mayor of Tel Aviv, the Labor Party member Ron Huldai, 74, was re-elected for a fifth term, while the Haifa, Yona Yahav, center, after 15 years of government was defeated last night by Labor candidate Einat Kalish Rotem.

In the city of Natania, Mayor Miriam Feirberg Ikar was re-elected for the fifth time in spite of the cases of alleged corruption hanging over her head and in cities like Bet Shemesh, with an ultraorthodox majority, the recount continues with a favorite candidate, Aliza Bloch , which could snatch the job of religious candidate Moshe Abutbul.

Although yesterday was declared a holiday to encourage voting, in a country where traditionally municipal elections show low participation data, only 53% of the 6.6 million Israelis and residents over 17 exercised his right to vote, according to local media.

The day was marked by protests and boycott in the occupied territories of the Syrian Golan Heights, where for the first time the 26,000 Druze residents could vote, and also in the eastern part of Jerusalem, where the majority of Palestinians (38% of the population) ) did not go to the polls because he does not recognize the Israeli authorities.

East Jerusalem, in 1980, and the Golan Heights, in 1981, were annexed unilaterally by Israel, in a movement never recognized by the international community.

The elections also included part of the occupied West Bank territory, where residents of Jewish settlements, contrary to international law, elected their managers in regional councils.


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