Israelis vote in 2nd general election in five months
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.