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Israel holds municipal vote, Jerusalem chooses new mayor

Mayoral candidate Ofer Berkovitch and his wife Dina pose for media as they cast their votes at a polling station during the municipal elections in Jer...
Mayoral candidate Ofer Berkovitch and his wife Dina arrive to cast their votes at a polling station during the municipal elections in Jerusalem, Tuesd...
Mayoral candidate Ofer Berkovitch and his wife Dina arrive to cast their votes at a polling station during the municipal elections in Jerusalem, Tuesd...

Mayoral candidate Ofer Berkovitch and his wife Dina pose for media as they cast their votes at a polling station during the municipal elections in Jer...

Mayoral candidate Ofer Berkovitch and his wife Dina arrive to cast their votes at a polling station during the municipal elections in Jerusalem, Tuesd...

Mayoral candidate Ofer Berkovitch and his wife Dina arrive to cast their votes at a polling station during the municipal elections in Jerusalem, Tuesd...

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis are voting in municipal elections across the country.

In the closest watched race Tuesday, four candidates are hoping to become the next mayor of Jerusalem — a city with great importance to billions of people around the world.

Ofer Berkovitch, a young secular activist, is running against Moshe Lion, a longtime political activist, Cabinet minister Zeev Elkin, who is supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and ultra-Orthodox candidate Yossi Daitch.

If no one captures 40 percent of the votes, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff.

Jerusalem is a diverse city, with a Jewish population divided between secular residents, modern Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox. In addition, about one-third of the population is Palestinian.

Few Palestinians vote, however, seeing participation as recognition of Israeli control over east Jerusalem.


Updated : 2021-10-18 23:13 GMT+08:00