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Israel holds municipal vote, Jerusalem chooses new mayor


AP Jerusalem
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.

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First Published: Oct 30 2018 | 5:15 PM IST

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