Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu claims win in party leadership challenge

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

About 49% of Likud’s 116,000 eligible members voted yesterday, party figures show.

Challenger Gideon 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 Mr Netanyahu’s hold on power at a time of mounting difficulties.

Mr 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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