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Netanyahu gains strength by winning party dispute before general election

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Netanyahu gains strength by winning party dispute before general election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scored a massive victory in the early primaries of his right-wing Likud party from Thursday 26th to Friday 27th in Brasilia. The internal election was demanded by Gideon Saar, the prime minister of the Israeli prime minister who wanted to take command of the acronym.

Netanyahu obtained 72.5% of the vote, against 27.5% for Saar. Only 49% of the 116,000 Likud members who could vote went to the polls. “A huge victory! Thanks to Likud members for their trust, support, and affection, ”Netanyahu wrote on Twitter after the poll ended.

“With your help and God's help, I will lead Likud to a great victory in the upcoming elections and continue to lead the state of Israel to unprecedented success,” he said.

Saar tweeted to thank his supporters, volunteers and voters; and recognize the victory of the opponent. “Congratulations to the Prime Minister. My colleagues and I will be behind him during the campaign to secure Likud's victory, ”Saar wrote. Saar, the party's top name, was minister on several occasions before being ousted by Netanyahu in 2014.

Internal elections were demanded by Netanyahu's Likud rivals, led by Saar, after the prime minister was indicted in November for corruption, fraud and abuse of trust in three cases, which he denounced as politically motivated "false accusations".

At 70, Netanyahu has led Likud since 1993, except for a six-year break when the party was led by the late former prime minister Ariel Sharon.

Bibi, as he is nicknamed by his followers, is also the most powerful head of government in Israeli history. He has been in his second term as prime minister since 2009 and was in power before 1996-1999.

March Elections

With the victory, Netanyahu will be in charge of leading the Likud campaign in the general elections for the Knesset, as the Israeli Parliament is known, to be held on March 2.

After the early elections in April, and after the second vote in September, no parliamentarians got the support of 61 deputies, a figure that represents the parliamentary majority to form the government and become prime minister.

The dispute in the last two elections was centered between Netanyahu's Likud and Benny Gantz's center-right Blue and White party. former chief of staff.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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