Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu comfortably wins party leadership challenge

27/12/2019 15:04

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu comfortably wins party leadership challenge


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed a "huge win" in a vote that challenged his leadership of the Likud party.

Netanyahu secured took 72.5% as opposed to his rival Gideon Saar, who polled 27.5%.

Saar admitted defeat, saying he would now back Mr Netanyahu in a general election due in March.

The internal party vote was seen as a test of Netanyahu's hold on power at a time of mounting difficulties.

Netanyahu, 70, faces trial on bribery and corruption charges, as well as a third national election within a year.

Previous elections held in April and September saw Likud deadlocked with the centrist Blue and White party - with neither able to form a government.


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