Is­raelis vote in 2nd gen­eral elec­tion in five months

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Jerusalem: Is­raelis voted on Tues­day in their coun­try’s sec­ond gen­eral elec­tion in five months, a con­test that is be­ing widely seen as a ref­er­en­dum on in­cum­bent Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s lead­er­ship.

Ne­tanyahu, 69, called the snap elec­tion after fail­ing to form a gov­ern­ing coali­tion with a vi­able ma­jor­ity after April’s vote. About 6.3 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble Is­raeli vot­ers started vot­ing on Tues­day morn­ing in the un­prece­dented re­peat polls. Polling booths opened at 07.00am (09.30am IST) and vot­ers can cast their votes till 10.00pm (12.30am IST) to elect the 22nd Knes­set (Is­raeli par­lia­ment) ne­ces­si­tated by the in­abil­ity of Ne­tanyahu to cob­ble a coali­tion of 61 mem­bers in a house of 120 fol­low­ing the April 9 elec­tions.

Voter turnout in Is­raeli elec­tions hit al­most 27% mark at noon time, a tad higher than on April 9 at the same hour, with the larger par­ties, rul­ing Likud and main ri­vals Blue and White, re­sort­ing to tra­di­tional mo­bil­i­sa­tion tools to cre­ate panic among their sym­pa­this­ers to bring them out to vote.

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