Voting begins in Israel's municipal elections

Israelis begin to vote in municipal elections amid boycott from Arabs in Jerusalem.

Voting begins in Israel's municipal elections

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israelis have begun to vote in municipal elections amid boycott from Arabs in Jerusalem.

Excitement for elections seems running low as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called electors to vote in the election. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Jerusalem as the battle between incumbent mayor Nir Barkat and challenger Moshe Leon is ongoing until the last day. Leon is backed by Former Foreign Minister and right-wing leader Avidgor Lieberman and Shas leader Aryeh Deri. Itzik Nidam, the security official from Jerusalem Municipality, said preparations are completed for elections in Jerusalem. Arabs in Jerusalem will boycott the elections in order not to legitimize Israel's occupation.

Meanwhile in Tel Aviv, incumbent mayor Ron Huldai and Sosyalist's homosexual candidate Nitzan Horowitz will race for mayorship. If Horowitz is chosen, it will be first time a homosexual will have mayor title in the Middle East.

Around 5.5 million people will vote to elect mayors for five years, and voting will end at 22.00 in local time. More than 800 polls are opened for elections.

Last Mod: 22 Ekim 2013, 15:58
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